STOP: Boekenoogen Winery, Carmel Valley

One of the most, if not THE most, impressive winery in the area.  With respect to both consistency, quality, innovativeness in varietal interpretation, and hospitality.  Specializing in Chardonnay, Pinot, and Syrah, you’ll be compelled to either walkout with at least a mixed case, stay for a couple glasses after your tasting then get a case, or all the above over repeated visits, joining their wine club (which is most consumer friendly).

Wine I’m highlighting:  2009 Estate Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands.  Impeccably layered, inviting.  No overt creaminess.  This Chardonnay has charm, sophistication in its fluttering, consistent acidity, distinguished flavor progression.  Chardonnay can be a risk varietal, with California interpretation, configuration.  This bottle, from the gracious ’09 vintage, allows sippers to experience true California Burgundy mastery.  Enjoy, and sip, sip …

Visit my friends at Boekenoogen Winery – … Or, experience their tasting room at 24 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA. 93924.  Tell them I sent you!!!