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posted 03-27-2011 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
LOL! Love it Hawkeye! Have you been to Solvino or Lava Vino??? Sorry I have had a chance to meet up with Zahtilla, but did meet the winemaker at an event and tasted their Zin. It was fabulous!!!

As for 5 vintners just go for the Syrah it was so amazing.

"It is about the people, the place & the wine!"

I just finished mapping it the wineries you recommended, and am going to check them out next week. I have been so busy with wine tours, no time for tasting during the day.

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posted 03-27-2011 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Stacy,

Sorry, but you cannot take credit for discovering Midsummer Cellars. We visited with Rollie Heitz last October and reported it then on the Message Board. At that time we tasted all four of his offerings, the '07 Canon Creek Vineyard NV Cab, the '07 Button and Turkovich Vineyard Solo County Cab, the '07 Fowler Vineyard Knights Valley Cab and the Cab Rose. All three Cabs were very good but the Button and Turkovich Vineyard was my least favorite.

The day we were there it was raining cats and dogs. I believe that Rollie was a little surprised that we made it. He was a very gracious host ans I really enjoyed the small intimate tasting room.

However, I will give you credit for discovering the Five Vintners Winery. Sounds interesting. I joined their mailing list and asked about tasting in October. May also order some of their Cab and Zin which seem to be at a good price point. But then again, I may wait to order until we visit in October. I like to taste what I purchase first to see if it tickles my palate.

Keep up the good work and ferret out some more of the small, intimate, family owned gems for us to try.

Have you had a chance to taste Redmon, Barlow or Zahtila yet? All three small family wineries. You won't be disappointed.


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posted 03-27-2011 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
Recently I had an opportunity to taste a couple of very small boutique wineries. The first one was Midsummer Cellars, located off Silverado Trail in Saint Helena. They have 3 Cabs and are rolling out a Cab Rose' in a couple of months. The wines have luscious fruit that just leaves your mouth wanting more. http://www.midsummercellars.com/Visit.htm

The other was 5 Vintners which is owned by Krisi Raymond. She is a 5 generation winemaker in Napa. The genealogy is Beringer to Raymond. Krisi's wine is made in the old world style, right now she has about 3 cases of her 2004 Syrah left... Oh so good. She also is releasing her Sauv Blanc, 2007 Cab, 2008 Zin. All the wines are reasonable priced between $18 to $37 (note definitely hold the Cab for a few more years.) www.fivevintners.com


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