August 7, 2008
I must confess, whenever I hear the name of this winery, I get a song stuck in my head from when I was a little kid. It came from a cartoon called "Lambert, the sheepish lion." Cute cartoon, and a random memory!
We stopped at Lambert Bridge on our last day in Sonoma. Their website doesn't have much information that I can find about production size, specialties, etc. The tasting room was rustic looking from the outside, but gorgeous on the inside. A huge tasting bar filled the center of a long, skinny room, and behind the tasting area was a giant barrel room. Our tasting host was very friendly, and we picked out his Boston accent right away!
2006 Sauvignon Blanc: $22. Grapefruit, smooth, citrus.
2006 Viognier: $30. Pear, honeysuckles, spice, very pear. We bought one bottle.
2005 Chardonnay: $32. Caramel, pear, oak, round, full body.
2005 Winery Ranch Zinfandel: $30. Very fruity, berries, cherries, spice, anise. One came home with us.
2005 Maple Vineyards Zinfandel: $40. Cherry, spice, tannic, chocolate, currants blueberries.
2004 Merlot: $40. Has some Petite Verdot, Cab Franc, and Malbec blended in. Raspberry, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, licorice, herbs, blueberries. We took home one.
2004 Crane Creek Cuvee: $85. Plums, black cherries, chocolate, big fruit, oak.
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon: $90. Vanilla, blackberries, spices, currants.
Overall, while I really liked the tasting room and thought the wines were tasty, the prices on some of them were really steep.