AG Pick: Stephen & Walker 2005 Pinot Noir

My husband and I stumbled on Stephen & Walker Trust Winery Limited on our first trip to downtown Healdsburg. We were about to call it a day when a man standing on the sidewalk asked us if we wanted to try some wine. With that persuasion, we followed him inside the simple and clean tasting room.

Michael introduced himself and told us about the history of Stephen & Walker. It’s the collaboration of Nancy Walker and Tony Stephen, who together have 42 years of experience in the wine industry. Their goal is to bring their own perspective to each bottle of wine, with the focus on bringing out the true flavors of the terroir. They use grapes from Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Monterey Counties.

Their 2005 Pinot Noir from Monterey was the first wine we tried. It’s become one of my favorite Pinot Noirs. The smell is of freshly picked red berries. The taste is strawberries, plum and rhubarb, with warm spices on the finish. It’s nice and smooth with just the right amount of acidity. It would go great with fish, chicken and pasta dishes.

Stephen & Walker is one of our favorite tasting rooms to visit. The people there are very friendly and knowledgeable, and their wine is excellent. They also make a great Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Port.

There were 210 cases of the 2005 Pinot Noir made; according to their website they’re sold out. The 2006 Pinot Noir is available online for $39. For more information about Stephen & Walker Trust Wine Limited visit their website.