Stefania marks five years

Romeros moved to Day Road from San Jose

MOUNTAIN WINES Stefania’s 2009 cabernet is still available. Submitted photo

Stefania Romero and her husband, Paul, have been at their Day Road location for five years now. Their tasting room is pure Americana barn, furnished with reclaimed local barnwood and anything else that Paul could find by reaching out on Nextdoor. 

There’s a beautiful old stove, laden with local crafts. This time of year, you’ll find lavender from San Martin and all manner of pumpkins. Above the back window to the west, a cork garland provides a delightful frame as you sip on locally grown chardonnay, from Dorcich vineyard. Twinkly lights set the mood for a relaxed, unhurried tasting experience.

The Romeros began with a small planting of vines at their former San Jose home, before moving to Santa Clara wine country. About 12 years ago, they had the experience of tending a storied vineyard in the Woodside hills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, called Chaine d’Or. Here, they grew and harvested chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. 

A bit of their 2009 cabernet still remains, which includes grapes harvested from both Harvest Moon (on Nov. 4) and Chaine d’Or (on Oct. 25). With extended hang time at both vineyards, the wine has plenty of stuffing to guarantee prolonged staying power. At 10 years old, it’s showing its age beautifully, with dusty aromas of tobacco leaf, roasted peppers and chocolate. It’s plenty chewy, with dark plum and a finish of spiked coffee.

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