Nelson Estate

(206) 241-9463 PO Box 66067
Seattle, WA 98166
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David and Holly Nelson got involved in the wine business after purchasing their first 65 acre vineyard from the owner of Korbel Champagne Cellars in 1977. They enjoyed growing Russian River Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes for Korbel for many years, and finally got bitten by the "wine bug." After purchasing another 60 beautiful hillside acres in Sonoma Valley, they planted cabernet Franc and Merlot, and started producing wine under the Nelson Estate Label in 1986. Although most of their acreage is under contract, small very limited amounts are reserved for the Nelson Estate label. Nelson Estate is very fortunate to have the talented Alison Green Doran as their winemaker. Nelson Estate wines are available for tasting at the "Family Wineries of Sonoma Valley" located in the heart of Kenwood, CA.

Varietals Produced by Nelson Estate View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Judges awarded 112 gold medals to New Zealand wines at the 2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards (ANZWA). In a statement released by ANZWA early this morning, Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich lauded, in particular, this year's pinot noirs, which scored big at this year's awards with 27 gold medals. “These wines are ripe and conce... Read More

    From the article Pinot Noirs Lead the Way at Kiwi Wine Awards


  • Liver what? It’s that great wine region you’ve never heard of. Less than an hour from San Francisco. A growing wine scene based on a century and a half of history. Great climate, friendly people, tasting rooms that are not filled to capacity with people you don’t want to be rubbing shoulders with. You know, one of those regions that is truly up ... Read More

    From the article Looking at Livermore


  • Pinot noir has become the great alternative. When you don’t want to give another big red wine as a gift it opens up a world of possibilities. Immediately appreciated by name alone, Pinot seems to have developed a certain cachet as the thinking man’s red wine, though there is little evidence to support that. Perhaps it comes from the history that... Read More

    From the article Pinot Noir


  • On the third day of the incredible Oregon Wine Harvest Tour through the gorgeous state I proudly call home, our group of wine writers was lucky enough to sit down with four of Oregon’s top producers of fine Chardonnay: Jim Bernau of Willamette Valley Vineyards, Don Lange of Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards, Erik Kramer of Domaine Serene and Rober... Read More

    From the article A Tour of the Oregon Wine Harvest


  • Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir 2009

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    Darker, meatier, a bit more herb and earth, nice fine sage edge, pretty ripe feeling ripe tannins, savory and yet sweet at its core, very light on the palate even if this shows impressively ripe flavors, decent length, turns rather strawberries and strawberry seeds on the finish, quite varietal, definitely turns lighter and brighter on the palat... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • You’ve probably tried a few New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and maybe even dabbled in the occasional Pinot Noir, but have you taken a look at their Chardonnays? If you haven’t, you really need to. I should probably rephrase that. If you enjoy a leaner, crisper style of Chardonnay that manages to be ripe yet firm with vivid clarity, then it’s time f... Read More

    From the article New Zealand Chardonnay


  • Te Mania Nelson Chardonnay 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Pretty full barrel fermented nose here with lots of fresh oak-derived aromas accenting slightly roasted apple fruit. This is a touch a buttermilky in the mouth with an opulent, soft texture and a supple easy character. Notes of toasted bread dough on the mid-palate add some complexity that builds with layers of lime oil and red apple fruit on th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Nelson Family Vineyards Estate Zinfandel Rouge 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by MSquared


  • Nelson Family Vineyards Estate Orange Muscat Blanc 2007

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    Wine review by MSquared


  • Nelson Family Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

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    Wine review by MSquared


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