There are two things – for me – that set a winery apart from the rest (in this order):
- Their wines kick ass.
- The winery either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that they could be charging 50%+ more than they do.
It has a warm, soft oak, that envelops everything without overpowering it. I really am a fan of the oak that they use and/or their methods. Oak can make or break a wine, and in too many cases its used as a crutch to cover sins. This is the opposite of that. Its a highly complimentary aspect, which assists rather than overshadows.
This all leads into a huge strawberry and blueberry fruit flavor profile, with beautiful eucalyptus and menthol notes. This wine is wicked tannic, mouth coating, luscious. It’s a big dog, and I’d expect nothing less from them.
The next time we visit the Valley, this is a place that we plan on spending some time at. I’m interested in tasting their whole portfolio, and hopefully a few library wines as well.
If you are in the Valley, and are interested in visiting them (which I highly advise), you’ll need an appointment :
6236 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558
Open daily from 10AM to 4PM.