Thorn Hill Vineyards

Published October 1, 2013

Thorn Hill Vineyards is one of the few wineries in the area that has a sparkling cuvee made in the traditional methode champenoise way using a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It’s bright crisp green apple and citrus fruit flavors make it wonderfully light with little or no heavy sugar aftertaste. Its medium body also makes it a great pairing for just about any food. Some people think sparkling wine is just for celebrating! Others think it is only appropriate before dinner or as an appetizer drink. But try pairing it with a meal and you’ll be wondering why you hadn’t before. It’s a delightfully refreshing pairing for food before, during, or after any meal and it’s always thirst quenching this time of year.

The architecture in their new tasting room reminds you of a villa in Tuscany with marble bathrooms, arched doorways, and a regal mantelpiece. Their patio is designed for entertaining and I’ve even heard they plan to build inn rooms on the property in the same style so you can drive, taste, and relax without traffic.

But, back to the wines. A favorite of this valley, Sauvignon Blanc continues to surprise here in Lake County. Its body has big melon and citrus with balanced acidity and a long finish. Their Cabernet Sauvignon has a big body full of cherries and chocolate with a long velvet finish. Finally, they finish the tasting with their dessert wines. Yes, they have more than one! A white late harvest Sauvignon Blanc with Semillon has fruit flavors of apricot and pear with a golden honey color and richness. And their port style red dessert wine is made from Petite Sirah and has the most elegant yet rich deep dark chocolate flavor.

More appellation adventures from my month in this region.


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