The same day we swung by Martin Ray and stopped at Martinelli, we also paid a quick visit to Pellegrini Family Vineyards. Since the barrel tasting event was over-running most of the wineries and Pellegrini wasn’t participating, we had high hopes that the visit would be nice and quiet. Unfortunately, we were wrong. The wine event was literally taking over Sonoma!
We finagled our way to the front to find a host and taste. We started with a nice Sauvignon Blanc, ended with a rich Zinfandel and hit some other quality reds along the way. Overall though I’d give it a medium grade. In the infinitely wiser words of 10 Things I Hate about You, we weren’t overwhelmed or underwhelmed, just whelmed. But, honestly, I think the host felt the same way about the day that we did — couldn’t these crowds just go away? Especially the ladies complaining that the wine wasn’t sweet enough. Seriously? We kinda used that to our advantage to stand out from the crowd by asking questions about their vineyard and wines. We got a couple of extra pours of their older and nicer wines.
In the end, we took home a 2007 Cloverdale Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon that was reasonably priced ($24) and, we thought, would be a nice middle-of-the-week wine. Good experience but not great. But I think they also deserve a second chance on a slower weekend. They’re in a great setting.
Best of luck avoiding the crowds.