Gold medal wines

Winning wines, colorful decor and open-air atmosphere at Satori deliver a party every time.Photo: Bev Stenehjem

Famous for their California style wines, the vintages Gilroy’s Satori Cellars develops are big and bold with plenty of ripe fruit, bursting with flavor. Satori is like an open-air cantina that you might find in the Caribbean. Like their tagline, “There’s always a party at Satori.” It’s the only winery in our region with bar stools that shimmy up to the shaded tasting bar.


On a recent visit, our party sat a table beside the tasting area where a was family celebrating their daughter’s 21st birthday. Nearby, a big group of picnickers took up two colorful umbrella tables pushed together. And in a secluded deck area behind the tasting area was Sandy Moller, one of the winery owners and a certified yoga instructor, holding a gentle yoga class.


Our party did a vertical tasting of their 2012 and 2013 Zinfandels ($30)—both gold medal winners and made from their “four clones” and petite sirah vines grown on the property. Made with over 90 percent zinfandel grapes, both wines have a beautiful aroma and taste of dark fruit and spice. Not surprisingly, the 2012, which aged for a year longer, was the smoother and silkier of the two. But the 2013 was my favorite, having a bit more complexity and bright fruity flavor.

Also on our tasting list was a 2014 Chardonnay of the Pink Ray ($21), a 2012 merlot of the Violet Flame ($26) and a 2012 Petite Sirah Ha-Ha ($31).

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