It really isn’t very fair that my visit to Adobe Road was the day immediately following my visit to Stewart Cellars where they spoiled the heck out of me. But, that’s how my schedule played out. The Adobe Road tasting room is in a temporary location in Petaluma while a larger, impressive looking facility is built along the waterfront. The tasting room had four counter stools, a small table that sat two people, and a larger table that sat four comfortably. Even though I made a pre-paid reservation, they are very much open to the public. When I left every seat was occupied.
I selected the Reserve Tasting which included a flight of five wines:
- 2017 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyards
- 2017 Pinot Noir, Robert’s Road Vineyard
- 2017 Merlot, Palmer Ranch
- 2016 Syrah, Fedrick Ranch
- 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon,Bavarion LIon Vineyard
I liked the Chardonnay the best out of the lineup. But, I really didn’t like any of the other four wines. My tasting host quickly realized that I wasn’t a fan of the Reserve Tasting and announced that she was going to find a wine that I liked. Oh dear. Not every winery will have wines that I love. This is not a mission she needs to accept. At one point she even made a comment that it’s appropriate to buy at least one bottle when you visit a winery. Uhhh….I paid $40 for my tasting. I’m not sure I’m obligated to purchase anything. I didn’t even ask to try anything else that wasn’t on the list of predefined wines. I agree, I try to find something that I like at a reasonable price point if I find myself at a winery where the wines just aren’t my style. It happens. It’s happened before on this journey. It’ll happen again.
I really should have written down what I was poured, because the list is LONG. I didn’t quite taste everything on (and off) their menu, but I came pretty darn close.
The winery is owned by a racecar driver – Kevin Buckler. I have no idea who that is. Apparently his wines have quite the following on the racing circuit – and I’m truly happy for them if they’ve found a good market that loves their wines. So it’s appropriate that they have a line of “Racing Series” blends that tend to be crowd pleasers. So, she poured me the 2016 “The 24”, the 2016 “Shift”, the 2016 “Redline”, and the 2018 “Apex”. They were definitely pretty easy drinking and I understood why they’d be crowd pleasers.
Shocking to me, they make a Beckstoffer Cab from the Georges III vineyard. So, I got to taste that one in both their 2015 and 2016 vintages. I actually quite enjoyed the 2015 Beckstoffer Cab. But, again, I’d just come from Stewart yesterday and have had at least one 100-point Beckstoffer Cab within the last week. I’m not a big Cab drinker. I don’t need more. No matter how many pours of it she gave me, she wasn’t going to get me to buy it despite the fact that I repeatedly mentioned I tend to not be a Cab drinker because I don’t cook a lot of dishes that pair with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Additionally, I’m pretty sure I was also served the 2017 Griffin’s Lair Pinot Noir (which I liked), the 2014 Bavarian Lion Cabernet Sauvignon, and a 2009 Cabernet Franc. And then we revisited the 2015 Beckstoffer Cab. I think that’s 15 pours in under an hour. Yikes! There was no cheese plate to offset the alcohol. I certainly got my $40 worth even without any kind of pairing! Even with dumping most of my pours (which is completely normal for me), I wasn’t getting right back in my Jeep. I was walking down the sidewalk for a bite to eat paired with a Diet Coke.
Overall, it was definitely not at the top of my list of tasting experiences. But, I wouldn’t expect it to be since it turned out to be just a tasting at a tasting bar. We didn’t get into all of the details about production, fermentation, aging, clones, terroir, or any of those topics I’ve been geeking out over.
I’ve definitely found some winery winners in my attempt to fill in the holes in my calendar by branching out. But, I’m quickly learning that recommendations far outweigh google searches – which really shouldn’t be a surprise!