Roadhouse Winery

Owner(s) Eric Hall
Web site www.roadhousewinery.com
 
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Roadhouse Winery

Proprietor Eric Hall is someone with a passion for Pinot Noir. So much so that he followed two decades of high tech success in San Francisco by fleeing the city, cashing in his dot com earnings and bought a spread in Cazadero in the semi-remote West Sonoma County. He quickly became immersed in the wines of the Russian River Valley region, later moving from Cazadero and buying a small resort property in Guerneville. He launched Roadhouse Winery in downtown Healdsburg in 2008. Eric has worked at the Papapietro Perry Winery and co-founded the Pinot on the River Festival in 2004.

In 2012, Pinot Noir grapes were sourced from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Yorkville Highlands and Sonoma Mountain. The wines are sold online with discounts to wine club members.

The winery's tasting room is located in downtown Healdsburg on Center Street next door to Oakville Grocery.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Roadhouse Winery Yellow Label Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.74, TA 0.69, 325 cases, $46. Released fall 2013. Sourced from multiple River Road vineyards west of Highway 101 within two miles of the Russian River. Sandy-clay loam soils. Harvest Brix 25.5º. Clones 115, 2A. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, inoculated fermentations, aged 12 months in 20% new, 60% 1 and 2-year-old, and 20% 3- year-old French tight grain or very tight grain French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color with slight haze in the glass. Nicely perfumed with bright aromas of cherry, backing spice and red roses. Vibrant and juicy on the palate with a delicious core of Bing cherry fruit accented by cola, spice and pomegranate flavors. Very refreshing with well-integrated suede tannins and a pleasing and lingering finish. Score: 90. Reviewed February 4, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Roadhouse Winery Dark Purple Label Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.625, 275 cases, $49. Release first quarter 2014. Sourced from Silver Pine Vineyard located at the western edge of the Sonoma Mountain at 980 feet above sea level.Harvest Brix 26.5º. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, inoculated fermentations, aged 12 months in 20% new, 60% 1 and 2- year-old, and 20% 3-year-old tight grain or very tight grain French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Medium reddish-purple color and slight haze in the glass. This wine’s nose is the clear standout with effusive aromas of black cherry, blackberry, spice and earthy flora. The ripest and darkest-fruited wine of the four tasted today. This wine really stands out from the pack with mouth-filling flavors of black cherry pie, black raspberry jam and spice. Medium to full-bodied, and creamy in the texture, with a spectacular finish that explodes with fireworks in the mouth. The wine picks up allure over time in the glass. I have had some exceptional wines from this vineyard and this beauty follows suite. Score: 94. Reviewed February 4, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Roadhouse Winery Dark Yellow Label Middle Reach Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.67, 325 cases, $49. Release second quarter 2014. Wohler Road and Bacigalupi vineyards. harvest Brix 25.5º. Clones 2A, Pommard, Wente, “828,” and 667. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, inoculated yeast fermentations, aged 12 months in 20% new, 60% 1 and 2-year-old, and 20% 3-year-old tight grain or very tight grain French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple with slight haze in the glass. Shy aromas of red cherries and berries, underbrush, dried herbs and incense. The most savory wine of the four tasted here, also armed with a tasty essence of ripe cherry and red raspberry. The dry tannins are well-mannered, and the intense finish holds on. Score: 90. Reviewed February 4, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Roadhouse Winery Green Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.57, 175 cases, $49. Sourced from Tina Marie Vineyard featuring clones 115, 667 and 777 planted in 2005. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, inoculated primary and secondary fermentations, aged 20 months in 100% French oak barrels, 20% of which were new. Unfined and unfiltered. · Light red cherry color in the glass. Lovely, sexy aromas of red cherry, red raspberry, rose petal and sandalwood. Very charming, with vibrant iced cherry fruit flavor and mild fine-grain tannins. Bright and satisfying on the attack, with an impressive breadth of hi-tone cherry fruit on the finish. Score: 91. Reviewed February 8, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Roadhouse Winery Martini Clone Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., pH 3.63, TA 0.54, 250 cases, $49. Sourced from Vine Hill Road Vineyard planted to Martini clone in 1989. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, inoculated fermentations, aged 20 months in 100% French oak barrels, 20% of which were new. Unfined and unfiltered. · Light red cherry color in the glass. The nose reluctantly opens slowly over time to reveal demure aromas of ripe cherry pie glaze, rose petal and oak. The cherry fruit core seems a bit roasted and is dominated by oak-driven flavors of coffee nibs, dark chocolate, cola and spice. The fine-grain tannins offer textural interest and the finish is long and plush with black cherry goodness. Score: 89. Reviewed February 8, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Roadhouse Winery Orange-Red Label Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.598, 375 cases, $49. Released fall 2013. From vineyards along Eastside Road in Windsor. Clones are Pommard, 115, 667, 777 and “828.” Harvest Brix 24º. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, inoculated yeast fermentations, aged 12 months in 40% new, 60% 1 and 2-year-old medium toast, tight grain or very tight grain French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color with slight haze in the glass. Aromatically alive with scents of wild berries, blueberries, pomegranate and balsam. Mid to full-bodied core of dark red and blue fruits with a hint of black raspberry. More body than the Yellow Label with a touch more structural tannins and a more intensely fruity finish. Highly enjoyable. Score: 91. Reviewed February 4, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Roadhouse Winery Russian River Valley Pink Label Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.65, 150 cases, $59. Sourced primarily from Nunes Vineyard. Clones 114, 115, 667, 777 and Pommard. 100% destemmed, 5-day cold soak, inoculated fermentations, aged 20 months in 100% French oak barrels, 20% of which were new. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black cherries, brewed tea, forest floor and oak spice. Solid mid palate attack of very ripe Bing cherry and black raspberry fruit with a hint of cola and anise, and some oak in the background. The wine’s finish is lip-smacking. Score: 88. Reviewed February 8, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Roadhouse Winery Sonoma Coast Green Label Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., pH 3.72, TA 0.62, 300 cases, $59. Sourced from Sangiacomo Roberts Road Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap. Pommard clone. 100% destemmed, 5-day cold soak, 14 days total cuvaison, inoculated fermentations, aged 20 months in 100% French oak barrels, 20% new. Unifined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Intriguing aromas of clove, cardamom, peppercorn, forest floor, mushroom and raisin. Very ripe fruited, featuring flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, and sassafras. Silky smooth on the palate with balanced tannins and a dry, mouthwatering finish. Nicely crafted in a ripe, dark fruited style. Score: 89. Reviewed February 8, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Roadhouse Winery Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.58, 150 cases, $75. Sourced from Weir Vineyard. DRC selection and Wädenswil 2A clone planted in 1992. 100% de-stemmed, 5- day cold soak, inoculated fermentations, aged 20 months in 100% French oak barrels, 20% of which were new. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate light red cherry color in the glass. Perfumed with effusive scents of cherry, leafy herbs, sous-bois and woodpile. Very elegant, soft and smooth in the mouth with refined tannins, offering light to mid weight flavors of red cherries and berries, with hints of spice and red plum, that hold your attention on the finish. This wine shows more finesse than others in the 2012 Roadhouse lineup. Score: 90. Reviewed February 8, 2015 ARTICLE »

2010 Roadhouse Winery Black Label Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $55. Sourced from the Petaluma Wind Gap. · Expressive nose offering scents of ripe Bing cherries and cola. Rich and flamboyant, with luscious flavors of black cherry pie filling, cherry cola, and sassafras, complimented by toasty oak in the background. Striking flavor expression that will find many fans. Smooth in the mouth with supple tannins and ready drink ability. Very good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »