The winery itself is beautiful. It’s surrounded by grapes and gardens and a giant wrap-around porch. This is the way you picture wine tasting in the Napa Valley!
The tasting room has a large square bar in the center surrounded by tables. We were seated and served crackers and seasoned almonds to cleanse our palettes between wines. There is also an outdoor area with a covered patio overlooking the vineyard itself – beautiful!
We choose to do the regular tasting and sampled the:
2008 Sauvignon Blanc – sweet, fruity, clean finish
2006 Napa Valley Merlot – we found it vinegary with a strong after-taste – not fans.2007 Decoy Red – this is a blend of 43% merlot, 10% cabernet and 4% petit verdot . We found it tasteless, others might call it light. $52
2006 Estate Napa Valley Merlot – smooth, $85
2006 Cabernet – actually a blend with 20% merlot apparently to “soften” it. We found it still had a strong aftertaste, and lacked the complexity we were looking for.
Overall, we were impressed with the lovely setting and the excellent, friendly service, but not by the wine. They lacked the bold, juicy, jammy taste we were hoping for.