This was a new adventure for us, as Stinson Vineyards have only been open for a few months. It is a small family operation. They do have vines planted on the property, (Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Sauvignon Blanc) but are currently getting their grapes from Woodstock and Mt Juliet. We were served by wine make Rachel Stinson, and her dad.
2010 Sauvignon Blanc $22 This was an interesting Sauvignon Blanc. This was not at all like a big New Zealand-style SB. Rather it was more understated, yet flavorful.
2010 Rose $17 100 percent Mourvedre - Nice summer wine. A Rose in the Southern France style (dry). We were told there would be no 2011 Rose, due to crop loss of the Mourvedre this fall from all the rain
2010 Chardonnay -$20 Nice blend of new oak and neutral oak aging. Silver Medal in governor’s cup competition.
2010 Sugar Hollow White $20 A blend of Petite Manseng and R-Kats, 1 percent residual sugar, so lightly sweet, but not overpowering. One of their best sellers this past summer.
2010 Cabernet Franc $ 22 This was a full bodied Cabernet Franc with cherry flavors and pepper.
2008 La Tour d’Afton $25– unfiltered red table wine from Turk Mountain Vineyards. This is a blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec made in a very natural way (no commercial yeasts, not filtered, etc).
2010 Petit Manseng Desset wine $25/ 375ml Very flavorful, yet not cloying. We were told this wine is fermented and aged in acacia barrels.
We really liked Stinson Vineyards. The wines were very good, especially for a new winery. They have a great view, a nice facility, and were great folks to meet. We look forward to stopping there again in the future.Stinson Vineyards 4744 Sugar Hollow Road
Phone Number: 434.823.7300