Friday, July 13, 2012
Wine of the Week: Stephen & Walker Patrona
Last month for my birthday my friend and I went to Healdsburg to do a wine tasting. We first had an amazing lunch at Wurst, which sells the most amazing sausages. I can't recommend Wurst enough! Anyway, my friend suggested heading over to Stephen & Walker. I had never heard of their wine before, but I'm so glad she recommended it. We walked in and were the only ones in there. The man pouring our wines was very nice and funny. As soon as I tasted Patrona, I knew I'd be buying a bottle.
Stephen & Walker considers themselves a boutique winery. I'm not exactly sure what the definition of a boutique winery is, but it has to do with producing a small number of cases. I believe this Patrona only produced 300 cases. If you're ever in Healdsburg, I recommend trying Stephen & Walker. We did a tasting of 10 different wines for $10, but we were able to share the tasting. When I bought the bottle, the $10 tasting was waived. Stephen & Walker's wines were definitely some of the best wines I've tasted, but they do come with a price. This bottle of Patrona was $40 with tax, but I justified it as a birthday present to myself.
Patrona is a very easy drinking dessert wine. There is absolutely no bite to it at all. It goes down incredibly smooth. Some dessert wines are almost syrupy, but Patrona does not feel heavy at all, it's very light. Patrona smells of fruit, and tastes mostly like pears. Patrona was very refreshing on a hot night served ice cold.
Stephen & Walker Winery
Super impressive dessert wine. Patrona would make a great gift for anyone. It's a quality bottle of wine, and while I absolutely love this wine, there are many other bottles of wine for less than half the price I'd be just as happy drinking. Everyone deserves a special bottle of wine once in a while, and Patrona is definitely that bottle.