Palo Alto, California
September 8, 2002
This winery is just breathtaking. In addition to the vineyards, there is a lavender garden with scents that will put you in the most serene of moods. I have been told that June is the best time to visit the garden, as the lavender is in full bloom then. And the wines! They are truly wonderful -- the 1999 Chardonnay is just about the smoothest, most buttery wine I have tasted in recent history. By the end of our tour through 7 of their top wines (our guide poured us an extra tasting of their extra-special (and pricey, at $155 a bottle) Journey Meritage), I was pretty much drunk on Matanzas Creek! The tasting room is filled with the aroma of good wine and lavender -- products of each are available to purchase. This was such a star winery that we joined their wine club on the spot.
Tasting fee: $5 for 6 tastings (can be used toward your wine purchases).
Of note, only the Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc are distributed outside of the winery.
From journal Sonoma Valley Wineries