Saturday a friend and I took the slow way home after an afternoon of winetasting in Healdsburg with a 5pm cocktail chaser at Cyrus. We thought we’d catch Santa’s arrival in Geyserville and dinner at Diavola.
Right next door to Diavola (across the alley), a brightly lit tasting room was still open and crammed full of people. I didn’t remember seeing it before and asked how long it had been open. Turned out I was talking to the owner’s dad, and he answered, “One hour!”
Here’s a photo of the wine bottles and pickled vegetables in the display racks lining the walls. The winemaker, Jake Hawkes, canned all the veggies too. We liked the contemporary, hip and unpretentious feel of this place.
There’s a barrel room off to the side, and I took this photo of the table centerpiece.
Those 500 ml jugs shown in the picture are the Geyserville red wine. It’s a blend of vintages, mostly Bordeaux varieties, from the family’s vineyards in Alexander Valley. Plush, ripe tannins feel soft and velvety in the mouth, and there’s plenty of richness, depth and complexity in a ready-to-drink framework. Most wines at this price point are fruit bombs with little backbone or finish. This one goes down smooth and lingers with a black currant aftertaste. Sipping this wine, I immediately had a craving for some beefy short ribs. At $8 for 500ml (equal to $12 per 750ml bottle), this wine is a screaming deal and easily bests wines selling for more than double the price. I also like the format, just the right size for two people to share over dinner.
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