As luck would have it, another winemaker lives right up the road fom Kreutz Creek Vineyards. Mario Patone is producing a variety of quality wine out of his home until the construction of his much anticipated winery is completed in nearby Landenberg.
After the lively visit to Kreutz Creek my group was all excited of the prospect of consecutive tastings. (Disclaimer: It’s not a bad idea to eat food and drink water during the sampling of wine.) The Patones had a barrel out in front of their house to alert aspiring visitors that yes … this is the place. Patone Cellars currently only offer tastings during Barrels on the Brandywine.
The Patones’ home is a normal suburban house w/ an attached 2 car garage. We walked in the side door and Voila! Steel barrels and bottled wine galore. How cool is that?
The BOTB tasting consisted of 4 wines:
- 2009 Fiore Bianchi (Chardonnay/Viognier blend)
- 2009 Rosato (Merlot/Cab Sav blend)
- 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2009 Merlot (Tasting out of the barrel)
For an additional $5 (Waived with any purchase), a premium tasting was offered which consisted of:
- 2009 Oaked Chardonnay
- 2008 Merlot (w/ a touch of Petit Verdot)
- 2007 Carmenere (Grapes 100% from Chile)
- 2009 Sangiovese (Barrel tasting)
Mario founded Patone Cellars in the summer of 2006. Winemaking in the Patone family goes back to Abruzzo, Italy. Patone Cellars uses modern winemaking techniques merged with traditional European methods to produce their quality vintages.
Thanks to the Patones for their hospitality and I wish them the best of luck on the new facility. We will without a doubt be back for the grand opening. Cent’Anni!