Monday, July 25, 2011


Eagles Nest Winery is practically next door to Woof ‘n Rose, but equally if not more obscure.  The entrance is gated because vineyard-weeding sheep roam the premises, but the gate opened promptly when we phoned to announce our presence. Ascending, we entered an impressively perched 10-acre estate with views on all sides. Owners Dennis and Julie Grimes grow Rhone varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo. They purchase other grapes from various California growers.

Dennis, an engineer and “accidental winemaker,” thinks of his craft as “an uncomfortable blend of science and art.” He and Julie once considered starting a native plant nursery on their land, but leaned towards vines because people in the area were already agitating for a Ramona AVA, and grapes are very water-wise. Their first vintage was 2003. Tasting at a leisurely pace, we loved the 2007 San Diego Syrah, which won a gold medal in Temecula, and the 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. There’s also an outstanding Cabernet Port.  

Eagles Nest's wine club is currently closed to new members.

A View From Eagles Nest

The Sheep

1 comment:

  1. Actually, along with growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo that is listed in this article they also grow Syrah, Picpoul Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.