04 March 2013

Pfendler Wines

Pfendler Vineyards is a small family operation based around a Sonoma Mountain plot. Founded by the late Peter Pfendler in 1992, the winery continues under the guidance of his widow Kimberly with small lots of just Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. When I visited Sonoma back in 2009, I was always amazed at the many small wineries in the various microclimates and sub-regions. I did not visit Pfendler at the time, but will be sure to do so on my next trip.

2011 Pfendler Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast, California
150 Cases Made
$38, 13.8% abv.

The wine opens up with rich aromas of buttered popcorn and vanilla, though not overly strong. A classic California Chardonnay but with a milder balance. On the palate are apricot, a touch of tropical fruit, and a mild acidity. This wine has a long buttery finish that suggests a pairing with grilled trout. I think a little crispy skin with brown butter drizzled over would be perfect.

2011 Pfendler Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, California
275 Cases Made
$45, 13.7% abv.

Lots of berries on the nose, with just a hint of cinnamon and white pepper. Dark berry flavors like cassis continue on the flavor, with mild tannins and a light, refreshing finish. For this I'd recommend a rustic French dinner of pork tenderloin topped with walnuts and a side of fresh green beans. Might have to wait a few months for fresh ingredients, but the wine will be fine until then.

Note: These wines were received as samples.

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