Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pinder Winery

Campbell is home to four small wineries, who share an industrial unit close to the Camden exit from Highway 17. The name above the door is Pinder Winery, which was bonded in 2001 by former home winemakers John and Marie Pinder. They produce small lots of 50 to 100 cases with fruit sourced from vineyards all over the state; currently the only SCM wine is a 2006 Finley Vineyard Viognier. The small tasting room is open on weekends from 11-4. A fee of $5 is credited towards any purchase.

Pinder's facility also hosts Stroth-Hall Cellars, Travieso and Heart's Fire Winery under the banner of Campbell Winemakers Studio.

2004 Mourvedre, Contra Costa County. An oaky, smoky nose is followed by rich, gamey, meaty flavours and some good berry fruit. Surprisingly soft tannins. $22
2004 Syrah, Fairview Road Ranch, Santa Lucia Highlands Earthy, funky nose. Flavours of blueberries and white pepper. Good acidity. $26
2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, Gallaway Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley. A citrusy nose that for some reason reminds me of Pilsner Urquell. On the palate there's good fruit with a hint of volatile acidity and dusty tannins on the finish. $27