Chateau Adoré is conveniently located just north of Santa Rosa on Old Redwood Highway, down the road from Willi’s Wine Bar – in my humble opinion, one of the best restaurants in Sonoma County – and is easily accessible from Highway 101.
When you pull up to the winery, your first impression is of lots of white latticework at the gate. The white lattice theme is continued with a large white trellis-like structure, which shades the picnic area. A goodly handful of black wrought iron picnic tables and chairs are scattered about under the trellis, creating a relaxing, welcoming ambience. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic, grab a bottle or six of wine and relax and stay a while.
Once inside the winery and tasting room is where visitors may see (and taste) what makes Chateau Adoré different from other local wineries. A long, granite-topped tasting bar spans the back of the room. A variety of wines and medals from various wine competitions are proudly displayed around the room. The overall atmosphere is bright, cheerful and colorful.
Let’s talk about the wines. The 2014 Chateau Adoré Chardonnay is varietally correct, with abundant aromas and flavors of baked apple, citrus and buttered toast, all wrapped up in a juicy, richly textured mouthfeel. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon has received a Gold Medals in each of three wine competitions. At the 2014 Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Chateau Adoré 2014 Pinot Noir and 2014 Chardonnay Estate Reserve each received a Gold Medal. Gold Medals were also garnered for their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009 Merlot at the 2014 China Wine Spirits Awards (CWSA). In 2013, Chateau Adoré 2010 Sonoma County Chardonnay, 2009 Sonoma County Pinot Noir and 2009 Sonoma County Merlot each received Silver Medals.