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Mounts Winery Dry Creek Valley

Our intension after Raymond Burr was to head back to the Inn. Well, plans change and we came upon a sign with balloons on Wine Creek Road which is just off of West Dry Creek Road, announcing Mounts Winery. Of course we decided to check it out so up the long driveway past rows of vineyards we went to the top of a hill with a beautiful view of the surrounding vineyards. Mounts is family owned and operated and we were greeted by the family themselves, and welcomed to the tasting area set up outdoors on the patio for the holiday weekend. The set up was complete with a barbeque, including ribs that were some of the best I have ever tasted. Rich Mount and his son David are the owners with Rich doing the farming (he is also responsible for those fantastic ribs) and David the winemaker. Growers of premium grapes for three generations and over 50 years, the Mounts opened their winery in 2007. We tasted a selection of five wines, all very good yet we were really impressed with their 2007 Estate Syrah and 2007 Estate Petite Syrah. Both of these wines are young and on the tannic side, have big, bold, complex flavors with a dark inky color and should mellow and age well. Both are small production with 475 cases of the Petite Syrah and 175 cases of the Syrah produced. All agreed this was another great find and that Mounts will be added to our list of favorites for a revisit in the future.

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