The Winery SF is a 20 thousand square foot winemaking facility located on a former Naval Base on Treasure Island, a man-made island that anchors the Bay Bridge midway between Oakland and San Francisco. The wines are crafted by the talented winemaker Bryan Kane, who is best known for premium wines released under the VIE and Sol Rouge labels. Bryan also makes the wines for Howell Mountain Vineyards. Reviews of all of these wines can be found on our blog.
The SF Winery wines are mainly sourced from excellent vineyards in the North Coast, a very large AVA that encompasses Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Marin and Solano counties. The wines are flavorful and easy-drinking and are offered at moderate prices. We liked the reds more than the whites, except for the superb dessert wine NV Sweet Seduction. Too bad we didn’t know about it when we wrote our report on Sweet Wines of the World. The wines are poured at the Winery SF tasting room. Tel 415-735-8423
The Winery 2013 Chardonnay North Coast ($25) 87+ The Chardonnay displays a light yellow color and offers aromas of peach, apple and pear. Aged eight months in casks, it has light fruit flavors on the palate with good acidity and balance and a hint of toast, The Winery 2011 People’s Blend Blanc North Coast ($16) 85 The People’s Blend Blanc is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. It offers attractive floral aromas on the nose with light flavors on the mid-palate and a dry steely finish. The Winery 2013 People’s Blend North Coast ($18) 89 The People’s Blend is an attractive blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. It offers fruit forward aromas of plum and cherry with good concentration on the palate. Spice and toasty nuances are combined with red and black fruit flavors, good balance and a persistent finish. The Winery 2013 Pinot Noir North Coast ($30) 87 The Pinot Noir North Coast offers flavors of dark cherry with metallic notes and a slight bitterness. It has dark plum nuances with earth and firm tannins. This one may need time to come together. The Winery 2011 Merlot North Coast ($25) 90 The Merlot is a delicious fruit forward wine offering black cherry, plum and vanilla aromas and flavors. It is beautifully balanced with good concentration of fruit on the palate, excellent acidity and firm round tannins on the finish. Drink 2015-2022. The Winery 2013 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast ($40) 89 The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a big step up in quality. It offers pure red berry fruit aromas and flavors with hints of underbrush and earth. It is nicely structured with firm round tannins and a long finish. Drink 2015-2020. The Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast ($25) 89 The Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast offers aromas of black currant, licorice and toast. On the palate it is medium-weight with good acidity, firm round tannins and a long finish. Drink 2016-2024. The Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($45) 91 The Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is the top wine of this line up. It is a rich and flavorful wine offering pure black currant fruit, cassis, black cherry and toasted oak. Polished and elegant on the palate it is perfectly balanced with firm round tannins and a long finish. Drink 2015-2025. The Winery NV Sweet Seduction California ($24/375ml) 90 The Sweet Seduction is a lovely dessert wine offering flavors of passion fruit, pineapple and citrus. It is rich and creamy on the palate with very good acidity on the finish, It should pair well with creamy cheeses and fruit.