Parcel One, the Tom Eddy Winery wine club and the wine by the same name is so named because the Tom Eddy property located at the northern reach of Napa County is technically the very first parcel of Napa Valley. As such, it also is one of the last parcels in Sonoma County, and if you sit down for a tasting with proprietors Tom and Kerry Eddy, you will likely sit at a picnic table where the county lines could separate you from one another.
Surrounding the property are 900 acres protected in the Sonoma Land Trust offering sweeping views of Mt. St. Helena and the Palisades mountain range that are most dramatic from near the winery and wine cave with hand-crafted wooden doors with a touch of whimsy. Inside, niches are lit over Kerry’s art pieces creating an art gallery atmosphere.
Tom Eddy, the winemaker not the label, knows his geology and studied the layout of the land where they make their home and where their production winery is also located. He knew that the property that bordered Highway 128 would collect cool air near the road that would flow through an opening at the top of the driveway between treed areas on either side. He refused to plant vines in “Kerry’s Vineyard” too close to the road because of that, limiting the number of vines he could have planted to increase production.
It’s Eddy’s attention to nuances in the vineyard and in the winery that make his wines exceptional. In the 2016 Parcel One Chardonnay there are aromas and flavors of tropical fruits such as banana, guava and mango, with a little citrus. There is an herbal, subtle earthy finish that adds interest and complexity.
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