Siduri Winery is not the classic wine story, not even at the very beginning. Siduri started in a state known much more for sweet tea and BBQ then wine, Texas. Originally the dream of two friends whom wanted nothing more then to move to California and make the finest Pinot Noir in the world, this dream is certainly now a reality and has been in the process since 1994. As a consumer, when given the choice I'd also much rather support a family business then a large corporation and given the husband and wife team of Adam and Dianna Lee.
It's almost amazing to think that the name, Siduri was still available back in 1994 when this winery started as it is the name of the Babylonian Goddess of wine. This family run operation believes that great wine is made in the vineyard and the types of fruit that they have chosen to source bear out this belief. They source incredibly high quality fruit from such famous vineyards as Pisoni and Clos Pepe. They also bear out this fact in the types of contracts that they use for purchasing fruit. Many wineries buy fruit by the ton which encourages the farmer to produce the highest amount of fruit possible, without any attention to the quality. They choose instead to purchase by the acre of the vineyard which allows them to have more control not only over farming practices, but of the amount of fruit that they receive. Lastly they try to have a hands off winemaking approach and unlike many famous wineries in this day and age remember that wine is meant to be enjoyed among friends and family as well as with food. Married since 1995 with 3 children Dianna and Adam continue to happily make wine together out of a warehouse in Santa Rosa, California which is about an hours drive north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate bridge.
So on to the most important part and the real reason that we all enjoy the Saduri brand: the wine. Strictly focused on Pinot Noir they have had so many high scoring wines through the years it would take literally pages to list them all here, but some recent highlights include a top 100 wine of the year in 2006 according to the San Francisco Chronicle and numerous 95+ point scoring wines according to famed wine critic Robert Parker. Many years sees this small family producer showing 5-10 of their single vineyard wines with 90+ scores from all major critics.
To me, this is exactly the type of winery that I love to support, incredible quality and family owned