Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Signorello Estate Winery

Please see our updated 2014 review here: SIGNORELLO ESTATE WINERY REVISITED

Signorello Estate Winery is a small, family owned, Napa Valley winery that definitely warrants a visit.  It has a kitchen that offers food pairings, a beautiful swimming pool, plus a patio with a fountain and a very nice view of the Valley. They also offer interactive cooking classes. We were informed that the winery has only 42 acres and produces a mere 6,000 cases of wine a year. Service was very friendly and they are in the Napa Neighbor Program.

Of their white wines, we both liked the Signorello 2010 Seta Estate best at only $34. It is 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc.  I liked the Seta even better after sharing a bottle with friends and sampling it at different temperatures.  This is offered more complexity at home than was revealed during the taste at the winery.  The 2009 Chardonnay at $42 was good but we were less fond of the 2009 Hope's Cuvee Estate Chardonnay at $65.  If you like a buttery, oaky chardonnay, then you might like it. Neither of us like this style of Chard, but you might.

Much more to our liking was the $48 Signorello 2007 Merlot with 10% cab added.  It had a distinct cherry nose with soft tannins.  It is an interesting Merlot and not at all one-dimensional as are some Merlots.  At $50 the Signorello 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon with 12% Merlot and 8% Cab Franc was also delightful with a cherry and black currant nose, good balance and nice tannins. It was our favorite of the wines we tasted.

Signorello Estate Winery
4500 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 255-5990
Date of visit: September 28, 2011

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