Driving through the country roads in North Stonington on a warm summer day you get to see everything in bloom providing you’re in the right season that is. One thing to mention here is I didn’t have to drive down a long rock road. Instead when you reach the winery you immediately park right off the road.
Once you parked and got out of the car, you are impressed with the beautiful vineyards and the manicured lawns. The enormous white building just in front of you reminds me a lot like Napa Valley with a New England flair. While walking up the stone steps, the iron railing is what caught my eye with intricate designs including the proverbial grapes on a vine.
Jonathan Edwards’ lawn is huge and off to the right of the tasting room is where they place a large tent for their wine festival. If you haven’t been to their wine festival or music venues then you have missed out on the fun.
Once inside the tasting room the area is quite large and the tasting bar will easily accommodate 12-15 tasters. Out on the back porch you can sit and look at the view of the North Stonington hills as well as enjoying a glass of your favorite JE wine. The tasting fee was $12 for eight wines plus a signature glass or $6 for four wines without the signature glass. I was interested in tasting their Connecticut wines so I opted for the $6 wine tasting as I have a few of their signature wine glasses at home.
Here are the wines I tasted:
2010 Estate Connecticut Pinot Gris: Fresh cut grass and pear on the nose with a honeydew melon flavor. A very nice wine which would pair well with fish or spicy foods.
2010 Estate Connecticut Gewurztraminer: This was a really good tasting wine with fruit, mostly peach, on the nose. Fruit flavors on the palate, nice acidity, and a slight spicy finish. I really liked this one.
2009 Estate Connecticut Chardonnay: This Chardonnay opened with pear and lemongrass on the nose. Pear was the dominant flavor although I did detect a hint of lemon and vanilla. This sizes up well to their Napa Valley Chardonnay quite well.
2008 Napa Valley Syrah: The aromas consisted of earth and cedar while the flavors were of chocolate and red raspberries with a hint of spice on the finish. This would go well with most grilled foods.
Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…