Take a drive on Watsonville Road and you will see a winery with palm trees lining the driveway and wildflowers growing between the vines. You have reached Jason Stephens Winery! We heard about this winery from family friends and were very happy with our experience there. It is so nice to see a younger winemaker out on his own and being successful. Jason Stephens Winery has a modern feel to it compared to other wineries. The tasting room is the the barrel warehouse which is very clean and open. Lighter colored walls, open space, and high ceilings make it a nice place to be after all the small and cramped tasting rooms.
2007 Estate Chardonnay – This was a nice complex Chardonnay that managed to be very fruit forward while still being oaked. It smelled of pears and tasted smooth and fruity without being buttery.
2006 Merlot – This was my favorite wine of the ones that we tasted. It was much more flavorful and complex than other Merlots I have tasted. It had a good amount of tannins but still was able to be extremely smooth drinking. I smelled tobacco and berries and tasted earth and more berries. Now let me say that this is definitely not a fruity wine. It is still a good strong Merlot for all the berries I tasted and smelled.
2006 Dorcich Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – There were 2 Cabs to taste and this one was our favorite of the two. This wine had a very dark color, a beautiful purple-red that you would expect from a Syrah. When I first saw the color of the wine I thought, Ohhhhhhh pretty! In this wine I smelled cherries and black pepper and tasted smooth tannins and cherries again. I am not a huge Cab fan, so they have to be extremely smooth for me to be able to enjoy a whole glass. With this Cab, I could enjoy a whole bottle! If Jack didn’t drink it first, that is.