Dawn’s Dream Winery

Admit that you’re sometimes drawn into a tasting room by the way it looks. When the wine doesn’t live up to those expectations, chalk it up to a life lesson and quit letting your eyes judge.

Dawn’s Dream Winery delivers on both beauty and quality. A fabulously decorated and newly appointed tasting room in Carmel-by-the-Sea serves the tender wines styled like those in Burgundy. A Chardonnay has the green apple you’d expect but nice tart crisp key lime that is a bit of a surprise. Its plush body has a hint of pepper that feels more like olive oil than butter, leading to a long finish. Three Pinot Noirs follow each with a different personality. The first starts off really floral with flavors of pink grapefruit and pomegranate or red apple. The next is less similar yet has the bright raspberry and strawberry common in Burgundians. Then, cedar and sandalwood round out its tart red flavors and a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and sage give it additional layers for pairing. The last Pinot holds back its punch like most from Burgundy. Tight and gripping, the subtle fruit takes a while to emerge and the spice is hard to get but present. This wine takes a while to open but Burgundy wine lovers would appreciate all of them.

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