Our Locavore lunch began with a beautiful table setting…
Hospitality in the French style .. memorable!
Photos © Alice Joyce
The DeLoach property — on Olivet Road in Santa Rosa — boasts organic culinary gardens that reflect the quality and commitment of the vineyard to organically-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay cloned grapes: Farming practices that have earned DeLoach CCOF certification.
Organic viticulture is integrated with the biodynamic farming employed not only at DeLoach, but among the Maisons & Domaines of the Boisset Family of wineries, reaching from California to France, Italy to Québec. (In 2009 the DeLoach estate vineyards received biodynamic certification from Demeter.)
One comes away from a visit to DeLoach with the awareness of an overall governing philosophy of sustainability.
Working with Quantum Builders during the estate’s remodel a few years ago, there were doors, windows and tiles repurposed, while reclaimed wood from old wine vats found new life as handsome cabinets for the interior.
Our tasting included a select vineyard-designated Chardonnay: Rich and flavorful…
and a Hawk Hill Pinot Noir from Maboroshi vineyards – both grown in the loamy soils of the Russian River Valley.
DeLoach Wine Tasting
Another DeLoach standout: a Mendocino County biodynamically farmed Pinot Noir designate from the Masut Vineyard, a lovely clean, full-bodied wine with savory notes of cherry and spice.
The 2006 Masut vintage received accolades for its subtle yet complex melding of cherry, currant, raspberry and chocolate flavors, with a lingering oaky vanilla finish. The appellation-designated 2007 DeLoach Russian River Valley Pinot Noir won praise as One of the Year’s Best from Wine & Spirits.