I’ve never seen anything about the San Benito County Wine Trail south of Hollister. I tried it the Saturday before Christmas. I only hit 2 wineries and then whimped-out. First was Pietra Santa with the 100 year old Frank Lloyd Wright designed house on the estate. I bought Cab, Dolcetto, Gewurztraminer, “Juliana” (Merlot, Cab., etc. blend) and Sangiovese. I also got their premium Vache brand Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I don’t generally like CA Chardonnay but this was great. Even though it was supposed to be able to age for 10 years, I admit it’s gone already. Pietra Santa is a nice tasting room, no charge, big pours, lots of food, olive oils, balsamic vinegars and so forth.
Next I hit Calera, which did me in. I got both the “Ryan” and “Mills” Pinot Noirs. I also got the Viognier and a dessert Viognier. Like Chardonnay, I’m not experienced in Pinot as it is so expensive and I haven’t seen the movie. I opened the “Mills” with my brother and after about 3 hrs. in the decanter, it opened up more than any wine I’ve ever had and it’s gone. Calera is a warehouse with no charge. I also bought a bundle of cut grape vines for the barbeque this summer.
I continued to drive south and this is perhaps one of the most deserted parts of CA I have ever seen. I consider this area a real discovery and I shall return.