My friends and I stumbled upon Sonoma Cellar while browsing around Old Town Alexandria and decided to stop in for wine tasting. Sonoma Cellar offers a tasting of four wines for $10 or four reserve wines for $15, as well as a full food menu (we stuck to wine this time). They are flexible and let you mix and match between the two wine lists. We all decided to taste two wines from the regular “Select Tasting” list and two from the “Reserve Tasting” list for $12.50. The pours were generous and the experience afforded us the opportunity to taste some truly great wines while being well taken care-of by our friendly server.
I started with the 2013 Chehalem Reisling from Wilamette Valley, Oregon, which was a classic, bright, satisfying Reisling. Less successful was my next tasting, the rosé of the day which was a Pinot Noir-based rosé with notes of strawberry that we all found rather bitter. However, the 2013 Au Contraire Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast, CA was great, and everything I want from a pinot noir; it was a light, approachable, tasty red wine. Even better still was the 2015 Mazzocco Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, CA. This bold, dark red had complex flavor but lacked the unpleasant earthiness of some potent red wines. It was without a doubt one of the best reds I have ever tasted and I plan to pick up a bottle at some point. I am no wine connoisseur, but my group unanimously agreed that this one was really good.