Sonoma's Spanish Flair
This winery is the result of picturesque Russian River Valley land being blended with Catalan flavor. It was 1975 when Marimar Torres — of the prolific Spanish wine empire of the same name — relocated to California and brought her Barcelonan flair with her. By 1989 she had purchased land and planted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, and the winery was completed in 1992. Today, these wines are still 100-percent estate grown and are both certified organic and cultivated with biodynamic practices. In addition to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the varietals now include Albariño, Tempranillo and Syrah, for a total of roughly 12,000 cases per year.
The gorgeous hillside property is tucked away in the sub-appellation of Green Valley. The tasting room features antique winemaking equipment, a dining room and a fireplace. And while the visits are by appointment only, there are a plethora of experience options, from a standard bar tasting to a tapas and wine pairing to a tasting in the Don Miguel Vineyard. There is a lovely outside patio where guests can taste wine and enjoy the sunny weather. And because Marimar is a proud dog mom of two English springer spaniels named Chico and Bonito, your four-legged loved ones are allowed to enjoy the beautiful estate, too. –February 2017
- WHAT TO TASTE: The red wines are unfined and unfiltered and have an enticing rusticity to them. The La Masía Pinot Noir is full of earthiness and brightened with dried floral notes and spice. And the elegance-meets-sass Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir has even more complexity, with hints of cherry, coriander, forest floor and a long, dark chocolate finish.
- INSIDE INFO: This property is a bit of a journey to get to. So if you want to taste the wines but are short on time then stop by their second tasting room at The Barlow in Sebastopol.