Lambert Bridge came highly recommended by Art Murray over at Flambeaux during my very first tasting of the trip. He knows me. He gets me. And he knew I would thoroughly enjoy tasting wines at Lambert Bridge with Katie. And he was not wrong!
I had tried to pack my calendar with a wine tasting every afternoon (I was working during the day from my hotel room) and a dinner reservation every night. But, for some reason I didn’t have a tasting appointment last Tuesday. And it worked perfectly! I also didn’t have dinner reservations on Thursday and I can’t wait to share with you how that turned out!!!
I wasn’t familiar with Lambert Bridge. However, after getting home and chatting with my friends about wineries I visited, a good friend of mine had visited back in 2016 during a Dry Creek Passport weekend. We had fun comparing notes about our visits.
Lambert Bridge has a lovely, comfortable patio. And, now, looking at their website they totally accommodated me outside of their normal tasting appointments. I tasted with Katie Fay, their Director of Marketing and Hospitality. I think Katie is my new BFF. We had such a lovely afternoon tasting through the wines and chatting about all sorts of topics. I’m really bad at staying focused! I’m also really bad at taking notes and photos!
Speaking of being bad at photos, I have absolutely zero photos of their wine. But, I promise that the reds are red and the whites are white just as you would expect. Katie tasted me through a nice lineup of their wines. Continuing with my aversion to Sauvignon Blanc – and being wrong about the varietal – we started with a 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. I’m really starting to come around when it comes to that varietal. But the non-Chardonnay white that really got me excited was their new Cuvee Blanc which is a blend of mostly Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
We moved onto a side-by-side tasting of a couple of Chardonnays. First up was the 2018 Sonoma County Chardonnay next to the 2017 Chambers Chardonnay. I tasted the 2017 first. It was incredible. I hardly paid much attention to the 2018 Sonoma County after that. Sure, it was good, too. But that Chambers was everything I love about Chardonnay. It’s all Wente Clone. Hmmm….I’m really going to have to start paying more attention to Chardonnay clones when tasting the way I do with Pinot Noir.
We then tasted their 2017 Merlot and the 2017 Crane Creek Cuvee. I have the same aversion to Merlot as I do Sauvignon Blanc. One of these days I’m going to have to taste them blind to realize it’s not as bad my head says it is. It was good….for a merlot. But, I really enjoyed their Crane Creek Cuvee which was 80% Merlot plus the other four Bordeaux varietals.
Katie brought me a small cheese platter to snack on with the wines. I must have taken a bite before I took the photo! Do you see it? Ha Ha!
If you know me, you know that I’m secretly a huge Cabernet Franc fan. Lambert Bridge produces a Cab Franc. Katie even looked to see if they had any. But, sadly they were out. I guess I’ll have to swing by on a future visit!
It was nice to taste some wines that weren’t Pinot Noir. I just can’t help myself, though! My wine collection after this trip does have a lot more variety than it did before. Only 40% of the wines I purhcased on the trip were Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. That’s truly an accomplishment for me!
I hope you’ll check out Lambert Bridge on a future trip. They are small. Their sales are only “direct to consumer”. Meaning you won’t find their wines in retail shops or in restaurants. You’ll only be able to taste their wines at the winery. And it’s definitely worth the stop. I see they also offer a picnic experience – that would be fun, too!