In search of a wine nation expertise that’s nicely off the crushed path? In case you don’t thoughts getting your ft soiled — you’ll have to open and shut the gate if you come and go — Belden Barns is nicely value your time, not only for the wine however for a stroll by way of the vineyards that ends on the farm’s “wishing tree.” It’s mentioned that needs written on paper and hung in its branches have an uncanny manner of coming true.
We are able to’t write a lot about needs, however we will speak concerning the wines, eight of which we sampled throughout a summer season idyll right here on Sonoma Mountain. We’ve coated the wines of Belden Barns earlier than, however right here’s a have a look at the recent vintages popping out of this operation.
2020 Belden Barns Rose – Contemporary and fruity, huge strawberry be aware; fairly with a floral heavy end. (Additionally accessible in cans now.) A- / $24
2020 Belden Barns Sauvignon Blanc – Daring grapefruit, pineapple, and guava punch; a little bit of ammonia be aware on the end this yr. A- / $30
2019 Belden Barns Gruner Veltliner – Boldly mineral pushed, virtually steely, huge with white flowers on the end. A- / $30
2019 Belden Barns Pinot Noir Property – A bit beefy, with notes of black cherry, licorice, and modest acidity. Sizeable physique, but it surely feels a bit overly woody. B+ / $40
2018 Belden Barns Pinot Noir Serendipity – A lot sharper acidity, brighter cherry, and a few darkish chocolate. Vibrant acidity and fairly elegant. A / $50
2018 Belden Barns Syrah Property – A bit robust, heavy on cherries with a contact of graphite and a daring, beefy end. B+ / $46
2018 Belden Barns Syrah Cadabra – A large improve, this wine pulls out a lot fruit that it’s exhausting to consider it’s syrah. Enormous with cherry, vanilla, nougat, and a barely nutty character. A / $50
2018 Belden Barns Grenache Epiphany – A lot of vanilla, purple berries, plum and chocolate. Nice florals on this one. A- / $50
Belden Barns is open by appointment solely.