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Napa Trip- Day 5- 4/22/10

Posted by VegasOenophile, May 10, 2010.

We began this day wanting to explore more of the Silverado Trail.  Stops in Cliff Lede, Robert Sinskey and Stags Leap Wine Cellars were nice to see, but we did not taste here.  I have had most of the Lede and SLWC wines on the list, so I didn't see a point in tasting there.  All of them want $25 or more for a tasting and they don't even pour that many wines.  Perhaps they charge more because the Silveradp Trail is the road less traveled and they get less business?  Whatever the case, it's not worth it to me when there are so many wineries to explore.

We had an arranged stop in to Trefethen, so we officially began here.  Very nice facility and some great wines.  Here, we tasted their

08 Dry Riesling

08 Viognier

08 Quandry

07 Harmony Chardonnay

08 Pinot Noir

06 Merlot "Family Hold Back"

06 Cab Franc

06 Cab Sauv

02 "Library" Cab Sauv

05 Cab Sauv

06 Reserve Cab

07 Late Harvest Riesling

We had a coupon for two free barrel tastings at Reynolds Family Winery, so we went there next.  The guy at the counter misread the coupon and told us it was a buy one-get one tasting.  I corrected him and he was a tad argumentative.  Set the stage for a less than stellar experience.  We tasted the newly racked cab and merlot and both are so young in the barrel, I didn't rate them.  It was interesting however to taste something so early in the barrel.  They have a beautiful patio overlooking the property and vineyards.  Perhaps a regular counter tasting would have been the way to go.  We barrel tasted their

08 Annapurna Cab

08 Annapurna Merlot

On my quest to find my parents some rieslings, following the purchase of one at Trefethen, I heard that Hagafen had some.  We ventured to Hagafen next.  The small tasting room was short staffed and very busy.  The attendant did her best.  As I understand it, the wines are all Kosher.  Nothing really impressed me, but some were nice.  Here, we tasted their

08 Vin Gris Rosé

08 Sauv Blanc

08 Oak Knoll Chardonnay

08 Roussanne

08 Pinot Noir

07 Syrah

06 Zinfandel

07 Cab Franc

07 Cab Sauv

09 Lake County White Riesling

09 Estate White Riesling

We then ventured down to Oxbow in Napa to visit Gustavo Thrace.  Following the whole "Bottle Shock" thing and visit i September to Montelena, I wanted to make this a must-stop.  It's a charming little tasting salon right across from the Oxbow Market and they have stools at the bar so you can sit and have a relaxed tasting (if space allows).  I really enjoyed these wines.  We tasted Gustavo's

05 Carneros Chardonnay

06 Sierra Foothills Barbera

06 Napa Merlot

06 Suisun Valley Petite Sirah

05 Napa Cab

05 Rutherford Cab

The Rutherford was really something special!  We didn't taste it, but he offers both a "3rd Bottle" White and Red.  The idea is that these $19 wines are those that you'd use once you have gone through a "good" bottle or two and want to continue drinking wine, but as your palate won't fully appreciate a great bottle at this point, these are table wines.  Great idea!

We walked across the street and enjoyed a nice lunch at the Oxbow Market.  A nice refreshing break in the day, before we headed over to Carneros.  A friend had recommended Bouchaine and Folio.  We went first to Folio, but they weren't open on Thursdays.  Disappointing.  Bouchaine was a ways in the other direction, so I thought we'd try that again the following day.  We had just enough time to visit Artesa.  We had connections here for a tasting and though I had been here before, I thought it a good place for my friend to see.  Artesa is a very impressive facility with a breathtaking view of Carneros.  They were very busy, but the attendants handled it all well.  We tasted a broad range of great wines here, including their

08 Limited Release Albariño

08 Limited Release Chardonnay

08 Estate Reserve Chardonnay

06 Limited Release Pinot Noir

07 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

05 Tempranillo

05 Reserve Merlot

06 Limited Release Cabernet Franc

06 Limited Release Cab Sauv

05 Reserve Cab Sauv

05 Mountain Vineyards Ridgeline Standing Bear Vineyard Cab

A great finish to the day.  On to our last day, day 6. 




Reply by John Andrews, May 10, 2010.

Once again ... thanks for your notes.  I'm in Vegas right now for a conference.  Where should I go for some good (not outrageously overpriced) wine? 

Reply by VegasOenophile, May 10, 2010.

Just for purchase?  Any of the Lee's Discount Liquor stores or Total Wine & More.  Best prices you'll find in one location.

Reply by VegasOenophile, May 15, 2010.

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