The buildings are gorgeous. Jonathan Edwards is seemingly a small jumble of old back country Connecticut farm buildings beautifully huddled together, and connected by money and ambition. On the outside it's a very pretty New England farm bounded by well kept beds of flowers. Inside, a contemporary setting that represents a sizable financial commitment to wine excellence.
We came on a hot Friday afternoon. There was a tour en route, and we watched and listened from the gallery as one of the staff walked a sizable group through the winery. We happened to catch them in the barrel room, which is spectacular.
Once at the tasting room we were treated very courteously by the staff as we happily elbowed our way into the crowded bar.
Jonathan Edwards makes wines form California grapes and estate grapes. I enjoyed their numerous California offerings, especially their Syrah, which was a rich, deep, dark, dry red wine with lots of blackberry, raspberry, and a touch of prune, with strong hints of mocha and coffee. Exquisite. So was the Zinfandel. One of the most wonderful Zinfandels I have had. Really big and flavorful. Obviously, though, I was more concerned with the estate grown wines.
The first of the estate grown wines was the Gewurztraminer. It was fragrant and light. With big floral overtones, and hints of honeysuckle, the light, dry white sparkled in my glass as I held it up to the sun like a diamond. It was a very nice citrus bomb, with touches of lemon and grapefruit. Clean, light, and refreshing. A polished white wine.
The second wine we tried was the estate Chardonnay. This was a beautiful white wine, with green apple, and a whiff of honeymellon. It had lots of flavor and body, it was clean, lemony, and delicious with a lingering finish of vanilla.
Last was the Cabernet Franc. This was cherry and raspberry in a medium bodied dry red. Lots of flavor. Hints of vanilla and mocha. Very smooth, elegant red. It was very drinkable now, but I thought would be even better after a few years in the cellar.
Jonathan Edwards continues to be one of the standard bearers of Connecticut, and indeed, New England. A wonderful winery, whose progress we are very much looking forward to. Great job, Jonathan Edwards!