Our last stop on day two was Falkner Winery. Falkner features a large tasting room with both indoor and outdoor tasting. The place has a hip happening feel to it and it was no wonder there were so many younger folks tasting wine there that day. With one exception we found their reds (you have heard this before) drinkable but unremarkable. The one exception was their 2011 Rock Creek Vineyard Syrah. It was unique among many of the red wines in Temecula in that you could taste the fruit but it was not the least bit jammy. It was really good. Another highlight was their Viognier. I’m not a big fan of Viognier but I have to admit most of them we tasted on this trip were quite good and the one produced by Falkner was among the best.
|Colleen and Scott Kline owners of SC Cellars|
In summary the wine is not world class but the tasting rooms and the overall experience is worth a drive. You will have your best luck with Syrah and Viognier. On this trip we focused on some of the smaller producers and thought they made more interesting wines then some of the larger produces that focus on the banquet hall business as much as they do on the wines they produce.