One of our favorite wineries in Houston is Nice Winery, so when we received an invitation from Sojourn Cellars to sample a tasting of their wines at Nice Winery, we readily accepted.
We met Sojourn’s Director of Marketing, Sherrie Perkovich, at the winery before the event began. Sherrie wanted to give us some information before the crowd arrived and in doing so, she started by giving a background of the winery.
Sojourn Cellars is in Sonoma and they are noted for their highly rated Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. They source their wines from Sonoma Coast and Napa Valley. They sell their wines mostly direct to consumer, but they do offer some distribution to noted partners, and Nice Winery is thankfully one of those.
We had the pleasure of sampling these six wines:
- 2016 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay – Sonoma Coast. This is a blend of two blocks in the vineyard. Pressed whole-cluster and fermented in 30% new French oak barrels. 300 cases.
- 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – Sonoma Coast. This is a blend of five vineyards and several clones. This was fermented in 50% new French oak with 11 months of again. 900 cases.
- 2015 Rodgers Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir – Sonoma Coast. 50% new French oak.
- 2016 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir – Sonoma Coast. This was referred to as a Cabernet’s Pinot Noir as it is fuller bodied. We bought of a bottle of this to come home.
- 2016 Home Ranch Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon – Sonoma Coast. Aged for 20 months in 60% new French oak.
- 2016 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley. Aged for 20 months in 75% new French Darnajou and Taransaud barrels.
The winery totals about 10,000 cases a year. They make a total of 10 Pinot Noirs including two Pinot Noirs from their vineyard.
During the tasting, co-owner Ryan Levy of Nice Winery, and Sherrie Perkovich talked about their wineries and their relationship. Ryan stated that like themselves, they enjoy supporting other family owned sustainable wineries.
If you get the chance, definitely try the wines from Sojourn Cellars.