So many of the "corporate owned" wineries seem to be modern, glass shrines and "Monstrosities" within a bucolic and pastoral setting -- but not Hart Family Wineries. While his son is the current wine maker, Mr. Joe Hart (>90 years old) still comes into the winery 5 days a week. Very small production wines, that are for the most part only available at the winery or via the club, make for a unique experience. We enjoyed three wines: The 2009 Driveway: This is their "Meritage" equivalent, showing a similar medium-bodied Bordeaux-style blend that is very drinkable now. The 2010 Merlot was a great surprise, and actually much more structures and full bodied than any of the other wines. And something we had never tried before: The Aleatico: With a very high alcohol content (>18%), this member of the Muscat grape family is native to Italy’s Puglia region, creating a very flavorful dessert, sweet wine with very pungent floral aromatics and bouquet. The tasting room is quiet and cold--because it is also their barrel and fermentation room.
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