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Snooth User: JonDerry

Yountville, Stag's Leap - Tasting Room Rec's

Posted by JonDerry, Jul 2, 2012.

Am doing a short day trip to Napa later this month and am wondering if you all have any recommendations for tasting rooms in this area. Have another tasting at Kapcsandy lined up for the day, which should be amazing, but would also like to take advantage of my time up there and visit another nearby winery. Don't have much time, so the closer the better. Sadly, Shafer was booked for the day - otherwise that would've been perfect, and only 6 minutes away.

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Reply by napagirl68, Jul 2, 2012.

I am a big fan of Robert Sinskey... especially the Vandal Vineyard cab franc....

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Reply by outthere, Jul 2, 2012.

You're setting the bar awfully high after a visit with Lou. Maybe just call it a win and go into Yountville for  lunch at Redd Wood. If you haven't eaten there yet it is a must stop. The Pork Belly BLT is like crack for the palate.

Sat in the corner booth table in the photo. Was a perfect lunch.

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Reply by VegasOenophile, Jul 3, 2012.

Cosentino (if it's still open) makes some tasty wines.  Chandon is there if you like bubbles.  Very touristy though.  I like Hill Family.  Cornerstone.  You have Dominus and Cliff lede (but I think Lede charges too much for a small tasting).  Ma(i)sonry shows lot of small production, culty wines and has a nice artsy surrounding.  Gemstone makes good wine.  Hope & Grace has some interesting things. Jessup does a nice tasting. 

Perhaps Clos Du Val or Chimney Rock in Stag's Leap.  Stag's Leap Wine Cellar for the history if you want to see the Paris tasting winning bottle. Enjoy!  Be sure to report back.

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Reply by Anna Savino, Jul 3, 2012.

Schramsberg for some bubbly instead of Chandon? 

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Reply by EMark, Jul 3, 2012.

Jon, I've never been there, but on my "plan to check it out, some day" list is Chappellet, which is in that neighborhood.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 3, 2012.

Any chance you Nor Cal folks could join at Kapcsandy Thursday, July 19th? Looks like a couple of our guests will not be able to make it and it's a 4 person minimum.

OT, thanks for the rec I think making just 1 stop is totally justifiable to completely soak in the experience.

VO - Too bad Dominus doesn't do tours/tastings otherwise I'd definitely try that. Looked in to Cliff Lede but there's definitely a corporate stench to them, and their wines don't seem to be good enough to justify putting up with it. Really bummed to miss Shafer, it's so rare I get up there on a weekday. 

Schramsberg >>> Chandon of course, and a board favorite here. The problem is it's all the way up in Calistoga, so not very convenient this time.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 3, 2012.

Mark, thanks for reminding me, Chappellet's been on my list too and it actually popped into my mind yesterday. On the map it's 15-20 minutes off from Yountville, not ideal but not impossible. 

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Reply by outthere, Jul 3, 2012.

Mark, thanks for reminding me, Chappellet's been on my list too and it actually popped into my mind yesterday. On the map it's 15-20 minutes off from Yountville, not ideal but not impossibles

So is Calistoga practically.  If you take Silverado Trail about 15 minutes up the road to the north is Chateau Boswell. 

I'm in the Valley on Mondays so I don't think I can pull off a Thursday visit. What time of day though?

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 3, 2012.

Makes sense, Calistoga isn't much further up than St. Helena...though the Schramsberg tour is one I'm more likely to do with the wife along. Just heading up with a business partner this time.

We could do the 3:00 at Kapcsandy if that makes a difference. It's either that or the 1:30

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Reply by VegasOenophile, Jul 3, 2012.

Chappellet is a GREAT visit and very nice wines, but it is up Pritchard Hill, so not conducive if you're looking to optimize time by proximity in tastings.  It is worth a visit though.

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Reply by EMark, Jul 3, 2012.

Here's another idea, Jon.  Enjoy your stay at Kapcsandy.  Don't rush yourself.  Then, when your finished and if you have time, look around for something you know little or nothing about and just drop in. 

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Reply by Eric Tinch, Jul 4, 2012.

Chimney Rock was a good drop in on the day we flew in.  We had a vertical tasting of their Cabs. 

I, on the other hand, would recommend taking advantage of your trip and getting two tastings in.  But then again, I live in TN and can't make it out on a long road trip :).  Although a pork belly BLT does sound amazing...

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 4, 2012.

Been sifting through the Napa threads over at CT, some interesting alternatives are coming up, making me re-think Kapcsandy. I know I need to visit there at least once, but it might be better with my wife, who's Hungarian. Then again, she'd never let me buy one of their top wines (Grand Vin, Roberta's Reserve).

So Morlet looks very interesting, very much the French Domaine/Chateau take on Napa seemingly, though I'm worried about high alcohol/high fruit. Thank god for the cool 2009's

http://www.morletwine.com/index.html

Vine Hill Ranch (VHR) and Continuum also getting a lot of buzz for each of their Cabernet's, and that's all they do. ~$150.00 retail. Signed up for the VHR registry just in case.

Almost seems affordable compared to Kapcsandy.

 

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Reply by EMark, Jul 4, 2012.

Jon, Morlet seems to be very to me.  Mostly because from what I see from the links you provided, the other two seem to be all Cab, all the time. 

Also, your standard of affordability is a tad different from mine. ;-)  Clearly, I am going to have to enjoy these wines vicariously through you.  Hang in there for me.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 5, 2012.

Morlet definitely seems interesting, I'm pretty keen on visiting. This tasting was built around going along with a business partner of sorts, though he's not hurting for money and has seen most of Napa, so was just trying to put an itinerary together that would introduce him to some of the newer starts of Napa.

As luck would have it, he's had to cancel as of this morning, but offered a car and driver for me to tour myself. Think I'll re-schedule for the following week. 

How's the week of July 23rd for any of you? Would like to see Shafer and Morlet. I'll see what they have available.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 8, 2012.

Bell is right on the highway in Yountville. But they don't get a ton of attention. One of the best tasting experiences I have had in Napa.

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Reply by outthere, Jul 8, 2012.

Well look who's back from Italy.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 9, 2012.

Nope, still there. France next week.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 9, 2012.

Let's meet up when you get back Fox, looks like I may have a free afternoon in wine country in a couple weeks.


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