Monday, November 23, 2015

Artesa Vineyards and Winery : 2011 Limited Release Merlot : Review

Artesa 2011 Limited Release Merlot Napa Valley

I'm not normally a Merlot fan.  It just has never been one of my go to wine choices. Until now!

I had several friends recommend Artesa Vineyards & Winery as a place I should visit for a tasting in Napa Valley.  Most cited the stunning views from the tasting room patio and outdoor art sculptures as the best reason to visit.

I wasn't expecting much in the way of great wines, mostly because nobody was saying "You have to go to Artesa, the WINE is amazing!"  They were saying "You have to go to Artesa, the VIEWS are amazing!"

And they are...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Starmont Winery and Vineyards: 2013 Brown Ranch Pinot Noir Review

Starmont Winery 2013 Brown Ranch Pinot Noir
$55 per bottle

I'm in love with this particular pinot noir.  Quite literally in love.  This is the type of pinot noir that when you realize your glass is nearing empty you actually feel sad.  I could drink this daily with every meal.  I could drink this daily in between meals.  I could drink it in a box.  I could drink it with a Fox.  I could drink....  I am drinking this now.

This is hands down the best Pinot Noir I have tasted thus far and is my current favorite.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars : 2013 Arcadia Vineyard Chardonnay Review

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2013 Arcadia Vineyard Chardonnay
$50 per bottle

This is a very very good Chardonnay.  It spent some time in the #1 spot at the top of my list of favorite chardonnays over the past year.  We've drank many a bottle and loved every sip.  A fruit forward crispness that is balanced with aging 8 months sur lies 20% New French oak.

This creates a very light oakiness that is not overwhelming in the slightest.  The hint of spice is more than my palate's ideal, but the crispness and creaminess balances extraordinarily well.  All in all we both highly recommend this chardonnay.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Starmont Winery and Vineyards : Tasting Room Review

We visited Starmont Winery & Vineyards tasting room twice.  Once a couple of days after their grand opening and once again after a few more weeks had passed.  I was surprised at the lack of patrons, both times we had the place to ourselves.

Starmont Tasting Room Back Wall

Looking out from the bar at Starmont Tasting Room

Outdoors at Starmont Tasting Room

This is a very nice indoor/outdoor tasting room with bottle service and by the glass wine service.  Why aren't more people here enjoying this fabulous environment?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Frank Family Vineyards : 2013 Lewis Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay Review

2013 Lewis Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay
$65 per bottle 

This is currently my favorite chardonnay.  It really is delicious by itself or paired with a variety of foods.  I tried my first glass of  Frank Family wines while dining at The Pear in Downtown Napa one evening.  I was impressed enough to visit their vineyard for a tasting the very next day.

We both love this Chardonnay.  The subtle balance of the oakiness and the crispness make for a very, very drinkable wine. This is the type of wine that I savor each sip with a smile and an occasional guttural "Mmmmmmm".  The first sip will coat your entire mouth with a creaminess that lingers just the perfect amount of time and then it finishes crisp without being overtly acidic and barely a hint of alcohol.  If tasting this wine blind, I would assume it to be much more expensive than it is.

If you enjoy a chardonnay, you will LOVE the Frank Family Vineyards 2013 Lewis Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay.