The last winery of the day on our trip to Santa Lucia Highlands was Marilyn Remark and we almost did not stop because it was so late. I am very glad that we did. This is a no frills winery and tasting room, and the owner / winemaker was not exactly overflowing with charm, but those details are irrelevant. The wines are great which is all that mattered to me. The focus is Rhone varietals which are a favorite of mine and this experience was a contributor to my new love of whites.
The first wine we tasted was an 08 Marsanne. The wine was light and dry, and so different than the ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnays typically made in California. I was in love. It is $30 a bottle so I did not buy as much as I would have liked to.
Next up were two more whites – the 08 Viognier ($26) and the 08 Rousanne ($26). Both were very nice wines. A Rose de Saignee bridged the transition to reds. This was a blend of Grenace and Syrah ($22).
I enjoyed the reds as well and my favorite was the 07 GSP (Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah) $28. Bought a bottle of this. Other reds in the tasting were the 08 While Horse Road Grenache, the 08 Syrah and the 10 Petite Sirah. I did not make any notes about those wines but my note taking can get brief at the last winery of the day.
Drawbacks? Most of the wines are reasonably priced but I wish that my new love Marsanne was a little more affordable so it could have become my everyday drinking white. This is a no frills experience so go for the wine and not the ambiance.
Rating: 3 out of 4 stars – recommend