Monterey County Winery
19 East Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
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Parsonage Estate Wine Tasting Tours, Hours & Prices:
Thursday - Monday: 11am - 5pm
Parsonage Estate Wine Tasting Notes
After a relaxing morning at the Carmel Valley Lodge, we took a walk down Carmel Valley Road, and as we strolled past the Village Fish House we noticed a small strip of shops and a tasting room we had never seen before. Parsonage Village Vineyard is a storefront-type space, with one side the tasting room, and on the other an art gallery featuring the textile art of Mary Ellen Parsons, wife of Bill Parsons, owner and operator of Parsonage Winery.
Parsonage is a small producer, about 1,400 cases per year, or so. The focus, as with many boutique wineries, is quality not quantity.
I will admit that at first I was a bit turned off by the look of the joint. Sometimes I let myself pre-judge... just because it's a storefront. I often find storefront tasting rooms to be a bit cold and mall-like. But my reservations were quickly turned around by the warm reception and good humor of our young host, Brian.
And honestly, the room is open, warm, and bright. In the photo above, you see Brian behind the informal tasting bar, and the entrance to the art gallery.
Brian quickly set us up with the 2007 Snosrap Cyrano Chardonnay (the Snosrap label is the family name, Parsons, spelled backwards). Then it was off to the races. After tasting the five wines on the tasting menu, Brain noticed our enthusiasm and poured us two or three wines off the list... full pours!
Brian knew his stuff, he even does some blending, and was very forthcoming with his experience with each wine. It didn't feel scripted or put-on. Very casual and fun, like we were hanging out with a friend. By the time we were through, around noonish, we were happily toasted. We got the feeling that Brian would have poured all day if we had stayed!
We walked it off by strolling to the next tasting room on the list, Boekenoogen... which is why Carmel Valley is so cool. No driving neccessary!
We liked just about all the wines at Parsonage. The price range is pretty high, with one wine at around $20, then the rest up into the $30 range. The Estate Reserve Syrah comes in at $60, and the Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is $80.
Parsonage Estate Wines
Ratings and tasting notes coming soon!