Bridlewood Estate Winery

Owner(s) E. & J. Gallo
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Bridlewood produces a range of premium wines including Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Viognier from Central Coast vineyards. The 105-acre estate is located on the eastern edge of the Santa Ynez Valley and has 40 acres under vine. The winery's Pinot Noir is sourced from vineyards in Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County and Santa Lucia Highlands.

The winemaker is David Hopkins. Annual production is 125,000 cases.

The Bridlewood Estate tasting room is open daily from 10:00 to 5:00. Tours are available by appointment (800-467-4100, ext 216).

Reviewed Wines

2009 Bridlewood Monterey County Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., $17. An E.&J. Gallo property producing a range of premium wines including Pinot Noir from Central Coast vineyards. Annual production is 125,000 cases. The winemaker is David Hopkins. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. A lot going on in the nose but not particularly harmonious. Aromas of black cherries, black raspberries, sassafras, cardamom spice, vanilla, filter paper and cut flowers. Middleweight flavors of dark berries, currants and plums with an accent of oakdriven smoke and spice. Juicy and crisp, lacking mid palate punch and finish. Decent. (The Sta. Rita Hills bottling is significantly better). Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Bridlewood Estate Winery Reserve Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 459 cases, $50. Unreleased. Sourced from La Encantada Vineyard. · Bright aromas of fresh berries including blueberries which carry over on the medium-weighted flavors with impressive finishing persistence. Exceptional balance. Very good. Reviewed March 12, 2011 ARTICLE »

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