The Best wine list in Sonoma Valley for unusual wines.
Address: 7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436
The Farmhouse has a Prix-fix menu, I’d opt for the $65 three savory one sweet course deal, adding $5 for the cheese course supplement. This is country cooking in an almost rustic sense, but there is always a base of precision and classic culinary preparation evident here. I’m indulging myself early with the lush burrata then opting for a pair, or quad depending on how you look at it, of lighter meats that will serve as perfect foils for the elegant and precise wines that pepper the menu.
Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Alla Panna
garden herb pistou, batard crisps
Karlona Farms Quail
grilled breast, confit of leg, roasted forest nameko mushrooms,
broken tomato vinaigrette, baby tatsoi
Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit
applewood smoked bacon wrapped loin,
roasted rack, confit of leg,
whole grain mustard cream sauce, Yukon potato
You could work with red wines right through this menu, or white wines too for that matter, but I might want a bit of white wine so a quick look through the Farmhouse's selection of half-bottles reveals two lovely choices.
2009 Kartäuserhof Alte Reben Spätlese Trocken Ruwer Germany $52
2011 Arnot Roberts Ribolla Gialla Vare Vineyard Napa Valley $42
Of course sometimes a half bottle just won’t get the job done, in which case there are two lovely and unusual whites here, the precise, crisp and mineral driven Assyrtiko from Sigalas and the old vines Albarino from Do Ferreiro that is not only a great value but really a benchmark among Albarinos
2011 Do Ferreiro Albarino Cepar Vellas Rias Baixas $75
2012 Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini $45
And now on to the reds, of which there are many but few jumped out as the stunningly good values i was hoping for with one glaring exception. Like it or not this is the wine you need to order next time you are at the Farmhouse.
Yes it’s a bit over our budget, but it’s one of the world’s finest expressions of Syrah at barely above retail pricing. If you really don’t want to order the Alemand explain to your server what is wrong with you and then quietly leave via the backdoor. No one will be the wiser. If you’re too stuborn to either leave or order the Allemand there are several lovely options onthe list. wines of elegance and finesse that will pair wonderfully with the food, though the Pergole Torte is in fact quite powerful, and too young, it is a bit of a steal so grab that if you can!
2006 Ghislaine Barthod Chambolle Musigny $114
2008 Podere le Boncie Chianti Classico Le Trame $79