White Rose Estate has the coolest tasting room ever. We almost turned around and got back into the car because we didn’t realize it was a tasting room at all!
At the end of another long gravel road is a wooden house at the top of a hill with a beautiful view. If you follow the path that seems most natural to take, you will find yourself at the entrance to the rooftop of that house, wondering if you’re about to walk into a wine cellar, or a winery, or an attic. Then you get inside and it’s the coolest tasting room ever, with all kinds of vintage doohickeys and a sloping ceiling that transports you to the Magic Treehouse. That’s not all that’s special about this tasting room. Instead of the usual crackers for palate cleansers, they choose to use soda water!
They had three Pinot noirs on their flight, the first of which being a 2010 Pinot noir from the Luciole Vineyard, which was a little sweet and pretty, almost like spring. The 2011 Guillen Vineyard Pinot noir had a metallic aftertaste, almost like blood. Their 2011 Anderson Family Vineyard Pinot noir had a great start but the finish died off. It’s light, super interesting in the beginning and middle, and great for new wine drinkers.