We lived in CA for 20 years and were spoiled by wine tasting in Napa Valley and the surrounding area. We were visiting Prescott for the first time and did a day trip to Jerome. We were not expecting great wines, just the opportunity to have some fun wine tasting. We did not expect to find some the absolutely outstanding wines we found at Dionysian Cellars.
This shop tastes two wine brands:
http://dionyiancellars.com (more info about them at http://www.oldtownwinecellar.com/About.html ).
Darin who creates the Dionysian line also is the master wine maker at Freitas vineyard.
We like the wines from both brands and ended up buying one of each.
Mellisa who poured our tastes gave us a lot of information about how they make their wines and how they use methods to create more European/Italian/French type wines (rather than CA/US type wines). She was very knowledgeable and it was easy to tell these wine makers were serious about their craft.
We did a 6 wine tastings (sharing the tastes) and were wowed by these exceptional wines. All the wines we tasted were very nice (2 whites and 6 reds overall) and we could easily imagine us drinking any of them, but we normally don't buy a bottle unless either we feel it is a good wine for a lower price or unless we are floored by the wine. The prices are higher here as they make small batches (small batches are more costly to make), priced roughly about $40 a bottle. We prefer red wines, but I also sometimes like nice Riesling that is a little sweet and fruity. Normally Chardonnays are too dry for me, but their Chardonnay was not as dry, it was clean and crisp though not sweet or fruity. I enjoyed it. We tried 4 of the reds and when we reached the Rays Mesa 2009 we loved it. We could just imagine having it with a good Italian pasta dinner. Rebecca gave us an extra tasting of the Malbec since we were buying a bottle and we were floored. I have only recently started to drink Malbecs (having been introduced to them during a trip to NYC by an Italian friend). This blew away the few Malbecs I have had in the last couple of months. In fact, we have not had such a wonderful wine for probably two decades since we lived in CA. We bought one of these also.
I highly encourage anyone stopping in Jerome to try out wine tasting at Dionysian Cellars, it is well worth the time spent.
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