Heller Estate Organic Vineyards, Carmel Valley
Categories: Wineries & Vineyards, Food & Drink
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One of many wine tasting rooms right in the main drag in Carmel Valley. You can easily walk to 10-12 tasting rooms in a long afternoon (we did). The tasting room was open and spacious. The staff was v... read more »
We are into organic food and wine. This winery has superb whites especially the Chenin Blanc. The Cabernet is also excellent and great aging potential. This winery is into organic wines and it really ... read more »
Heller is our favorite winery. Mary is always a gracious hostess, easily meeting the needs of guests, no matter how many or few are present. The organic wine brought us in the quality and experience b... read more »
Enjoy a glass of wine that is Organic. We buy a case or more every year! Cant wait to go wine tasting here next weekend!
Excellent selection of varietals in a sunny, friendly venue; the Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon were my favorites out of the red flight. The Malbec has gentler tannins and is softer than its Argentinian counterparts, but is still enjoyable. If you have time, wander with a glass of your favorite to the sculpture garden adjacent to the tasting room.
There are many wineries along Carmel Valley Road within a mile of each other. So picking which to stop is hard if you don't already have a list. We randomly stopped by Heller after Talbott and Bernardus, and it turned out to be a good stop! Heller's tasting has a variety of wines: Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, a Merlot Rose, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a late harvest Riesling. Heller is organic, which is nice. Of wines, I really enjoyed the Chenin Blanc (which is rare since I don't normally like white wines), the 2005 Estate Cabernet, and the late harvest Riesling. I've never had a Chenin Blanc but it had a very fragrant and floral smell. It was light and refreshing, with some acidity and some sweetness. It would make for a great picnic wine. The Cabernet was full bodied and complex. Despite being a 2005, it's aging slowly and will get better with time. The Riesling was on the lighter side of a dessert wine and would go very well with some sorbet. If you buy wine, you'll get the tasting fee waived. When we were there, they had a special for a half case of half bottles, which was a pretty good deal.
A wonderful selection of wines, and an incredibly helpful and freindly staff. The Chenin Blanc was a true surprise, and if you are lucky enough to be able to sample the Port you will not be disappointed. There are nic-nacks and gourmet food products as well.
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