We had friends from Florida visiting recently who were interested in tasting Pinot Noir wines, in particular Papapietro Perry. It has been several years since we were there so we were looking forward to a return. Their tasting room is off Dry Creek Road, north of Healdsburg alongside several tasting rooms as well as winemaking facilities.
Their tasting room is what I would call “casual comfortable.” During the pandemic Papapietro Perry added a large outdoor deck that expanded their tasting facility. It now gives guests a full view of the gorgeous vineyard land surrounding them while they taste some exceptional wines.
Ben Papapietro and Bruce Perry are the guys behind the wine. They started making wine in yes, a garage, and in the 1990’s they launched Papapietro Perry Winery. Over the decades their winemaking has basically remained the same. The only real change is in the grape itself – how it has matured from year to year.
We were hosted by Kurtis Pavilionis who started us off with a blend – the 2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot. As the list above reads, we followed the Sonoma Coast with vineyard designate wines each quite different and quite wonderful.
Kurtis shared with us some of the wines not on the tasting menu as well. One we especially enjoyed was the 2018 Anderson Valley Charles Vineyard, which is owned and farmed by the family that produces some excellent wines at Foresight Wines in Booneville.
This is definitely a winery Pinot lovers should not miss. Tasting small production, award winning wines in a truly comfortable atmosphere is pretty darn close to perfection at Papapietro Perry!
Thank you Kurtis for a tasting that was hard to leave.