The Wine Guy - Greg Walter


Patz & Hall has a new Sonoma home

A winery that you probably didn’t even realize was a local Sonoma winery has now made its move to our valley complete with the opening of a very cool new visitor center on Eighth Street East.

Patz & Hall, the iconic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer whose physical winery has been located on Eighth Street East near the Eighth Street Wineries complex for several years now, has just completed the move of its offices and tasting salon to Sonoma from the Napa Valley.

The Sonoma House at Patz & Hall is located on Eighth Street East, a little north of the Eighth Street wineries. The low-slung, graceful house is set in the middle of a vineyard and is set up to offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy several unique tasting options, as well as some striking views of the Mayacamas Mountains to the east.

After working for years for other wineries in the Napa Valley, James Hall, Anne Moses, Donald Patz and Heather Patz got together and founded Patz & Hall in 1988 to make elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. James and Anne have made wine at Flora Springs, Honig Cellars, Far Niente, Spring Mountain, Marimar Torres and Cain Vineyard. Donald handles sales and marketing; Heather handles hospitality. Their focus is on small production bottlings from small vineyard sites in the best wine regions in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Monterey counties. James works closely with vineyard owners to maximize the character in each of their wines and had built quite a successful track record over the 25 years the winery has been in existence.

Patz & Hall’s Chardonnays are rich, complex and delicious; the Pinots are finely textured and really terroir-driven. Chardonnay bottlings include appellation bottlings from Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast and vineyard designates from Alder Springs Vineyard, Durell Vineyard, Dutton Ranch, Hudson Vineyard, Hyde Vineyard and Zio Tony Ranch.

Pinot Noir bottlings include an appellation bottling from the Sonoma Coast and vineyard designates from Alder Springs Vineyard, Burnside Vineyard, Chenoweth Ranch, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Hyde Vineyard, Jenkins Ranch and Pisoni Vineyard. Winemaker James Hall also makes a sparkling and a dessert wine, as well as special small block and vineyard designated bottlings that are available to club members only.

The Sonoma House offers seated, drop-in tastings at the tasting bar or a more formal tasting experience in the Sonoma House Salon. Appointments are required for the Salon tastings and are available Wednesday through Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested but not required for the tasting bar.  The winery has just announced open houses on March 15 and March 22, so mark your calendars and check them out!

The Sonoma House at Patz & Hall is located at 21200 Eighth Street East in Sonoma and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with reservations suggested for casual tasting and required for the Salon tastings. For more information, visit Patzhall.com or call 707.265.7700.

As always, you can email me with questions or comments at gswalter@pinotreport.com.

Greg Walter, a Sonoma resident for more than 20 years, has been in wine and food publishing for more than 30 years, 15 of which were spent as a senior editor and later president of Wine Spectator magazine. Today he writes the PinotReport newsletter (Pinotreport.com) and publishes books through his Carneros Press imprint (Carnerospress.com).


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