A few miles south of Napa, located in a nondescript corporate office park, you’ll find Patz & Hall‘s tasting salon. And yes, it’s open to the public and no, you don’t need an appointment. (Though, if you have one, you’ll get even more personalized service.)
We had a fun 45 minutes (at least) talking wine with Toby Hovanski as he led us through the different vineyards P&H uses to obtain fruit, the winery’s approach to creating its various bottlings, and of course many glasses of vino. Nothing bad in the bunch, I have to say I had a sweet spot for the winery’s Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir, a classic yet vibrantly fruity expression of the pinot noir grape for which Patz has developed a richly-deserved cult following.
Head by — directions are here — and tell ‘em Drinkhacker sent you!
Patz & Hall Tasting Report
2007 Patz & Hall Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay / $55.00 / A
2006 Patz & Hall Alder Springs Chardonnay / $60.00 / B+
2007 Patz & Hall Zio Tony Ranch Chardonnay / $60.00 / A-
2006 Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir / $55.00 / A
2006 Patz & Hall Alder Springs Pinot Noir / $60.00 / B-
2006 Patz & Hall Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir / $80.00 / A
2007 Patz & Hall Jenkins Ranch Pinot Noir / $55.00 / B
2007 Patz & Hall Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir / $70.00 / A-