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Hawkeye
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posted 03-15-2011 05:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Cammie . . . Hawkeye from Hixson (Chattanooga) area. Since you are going to have a very short time in the valley, you may want to shrink your itinerary to a smaller area to maximize your time. Sterling is up north, where most of your others are in the southern part of the valley.

We just tasted at Signorello last week and here is what I wrote. SIGNORELLO ESTATE - We were a little before the 10:00 opening (we like to get an early start) so sat in the drive until the gate opened. At 5 minutes after, I called and they opened the gate. The tasting room and the hostess, Kathlin Walters were warm and inviting. We tasted five wines, a flight of 04, 05, 06 and 07 Cabernet Saavignon Estate and the 06 Padrone Estate blend of Cab, Merlot, and Cab Franc. It still had 83% Cab so technically would be considered a Cab. the 07 Estate Cab wa our favorite and the one following us home. It had all the fruit with even a hint of chocolate which touched Mrs. Hawkeye’s fancy. The tasting fee was $15 and was not refunded with a purchase.

Another of my favorites on you list, again visited last week is Baldacci. It is by appointment, but I have found that a lot of times if you call and say you are in the area and could you stop by, they will accommodate you. Here is what I wrote about BALDACCI WINERY - This has become one of my favorites in the Valley. We tasted the 07 IV Sons Cab of which we have several bottles in our cooler. The 08 should be released very soon. Next on the menu was the 08 Mathilde Russian River Pinot which was tasting very well with enough body to satisfy our Cab palates and one of which is following us home. Then we hit the heavies. The 07 Brenda’s Vineyard Stags Leap Cab was very bold but just a little too dry on my palate. I knew we were going to get blown away by the next. I had written several posts ago that we opened one of our two bottles of 07 Baldacci Diamond Mountain Cab and wished I had more. Well, we now have more. A complex mix of berries with the hint of chocolate that Mrs. Hawkeye loves. She can pick this out every time.

Another in that same area that you may want to try, REGUSCI WINERY - I believe Wolfman had Regusci on his list also. We had tasted here a few years ago and for some reason just never went back. I like their tasting room with the old long “western style” bar, a feeling of years gone bye. We tasted their array of offerings but purchased the 07 Regusci Patriarch Proprietary Blend of 55% Cab, 35% Merlot and 10% Cab Franc. Dark in the glass, it tasted like all the berries rolled into one and a very nice finish. I can easily recommend this as a stop on the agenda.

Here are a couple others in that same area, which added to the above, would make a very nice day.

SIGNORELLO ESTATE - We were a little before the 10:00 opening (we like to get an early start) so sat in the drive until the gate opened. At 5 minutes after, I called and they opened the gate. The tasting room and the hostess, Kathlin Walters were warm and inviting. We tasted five wines, a flight of 04, 05, 06 and 07 Cabernet Saavignon Estate and the 06 Padrone Estate blend of Cab, Merlot, and Cab Franc. It still had 83% Cab so technically would be considered a Cab. the 07 Estate Cab wa our favorite and the one following us home. It had all the fruit with even a hint of chocolate which touched Mrs. Hawkeye’s fancy. The tasting fee was $15 and was not refunded with a purchase.

STELTZNER - We tasted 5 wines, Pinot, Pinotage, Merlot, and 2 Cabs. From top to bottom, I rated these wine as very good. We had never heard of the Pinotage, so was interested in it’s heritage. It is of South African heritage and a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault (which I have not hear of either) and was created in 1926. It was a very interesting taste and one which we liked. But our favorite was the 05 Estate “Pool Block” stags Leap Cab. It had dark, rich berries and a nice lingering finish. This was the one we brought home. Their tasting fee was $10.00 and not deducted from a purchase. They also have a very reasonable wine cave tour which I might put on the agenda for our small October group. Another nice find.

If you do have time, you might throw in Biale Vineyards on Big ranch Road on the north edge of Napa. Exciting Zinfandels.

Cammie, have a good, safe time. If it makes you feel any better, it is raining here in Tennessee also.

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cammie328
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posted 03-14-2011 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cammie328     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks! Great ideas! I'll check out those options and will check back here before I leave! I really do appreciate it!

I've done tours in VA and in other parts of the country and the world, so I think the tastings are more along the lines of what I'm looking for. I have a pretty good feel for the process. New, interesting wines that are harder to find in TN. Especially good Cabs.

Again thank you!

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-14-2011 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Cammie!
I'm not the best Napa person, but I can tell you that Trefethen is a great stop in my opinion- it was the very first Napa winery that we ever visited and I still smile when it comes up!
As its your first visit and the weather may be gross, you might want to consider a winery tour like the basic one at Mondavi just to get a feel for how wine is made and a basic understanding of the process.
If you will go through here and look at the posts from around last October there were several trips reviewed and it migh help in your choice making. Hawkeye and Wolfman just got back and have posted, but I think most of their visits were appointment based.
If you aren't dead set on Napa for wine tasting, are you at all familiar with the Suisun Valley or the Sierra Foothills areas?
Suisun was written up pretty well in one of the wine magazines a few months ago- I think it was touring and tasting, but could as well have been Wine Enthusiast. I'd tell you more specifically if my notes and my computer were not at opposite ends of the house. Neither is well represented on the boards, but the general Wine Country website may be helpful. If not that one, try the one for Wine Country This Week- I'm pretty sure they have a section devoted to each of those.
Suisun is between Napa and Sacramento, so it would be a mite closer...nice for getting back to the barn at the end of the day, if ya know what I mean...!
Sorry I'm not more help...but those posts may enlighten you.
Oh, there is a website for WineCountry Getaways that offers pre-planned itinerary suggestions that are based on different criteria, so you might check them out and see if something there works for your time and interests. I know they offer some suggestions based on varietal and well-known sections of an area ( like Dry Creek Road in Sonoma) and the ones we have used have been solid advice for a quick overview in a day.
Be sure and check in here first thing in the morning as The "back-East-ers" may have seen this and posted in the mean time.

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cammie328
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posted 03-14-2011 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cammie328     Edit/Delete Message
So I know this is incredibly last minute, but I am in Sacramento for a few days. My meetings have been cancelled for tomorrow and I think I'm going to try to head over to Napa Valley. It will probably be rainy and chilly and gross, I'm ok with that. Basically I need a few winery suggestions that don't require appointments. I'm thinking:

Sterling - for the view, although with the rain.....
Baldacci
Chimney Rock
Signorello
Trefethen

Those are basically just my ideas from looking at the map, trying to avoid backtracking and hoping to get the most bang for my buck (so to speak). It's my first trip out to the Valley too.

Any suggestions help would be great! Thanks!

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