|Henry and Bill at White Rock tasting bar|
|White Rock barrel room in wine cave|
|White Rock wine bottles stored in wine cave|
This New Years eve we chose a bottle of White Rock 2004 "Laureate" Cabernet Sauvignon as our wine to celebrate the New Year. (It went well with Italian food.) In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, this has 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% combined Merlot and Petit Verdot. It is a $50 wine that tastes as good as most selling for twice that price. This cab needs some time to open up, however, so give it several hours in a decanter. Once it was given some time, I got lushes ripe blackberries, a hint of vanilla with a great mouthfeel and a long finish. This is a substantial wine but not one of those huge, in your face Napa Cabs. This one has nuance and subtlety. I think it will cellar nicely. We could have picked any from a large selection of premium wines we had available, but this is the one we chose to celebrate the New Year!
We love all of the wines at White Rock! It is a small family run winery and remains a favorite of the hundred or so wineries we have visited. As with all small, family run wineries with limited production, reservations are needed but can be obtained by phone or email. Please do not show up at this small winery without an appointment. And please do not take advantage of their complimentary tour and tasting without making a significant purchase of wines. This applies to any small, family owned, appointment only winery and is common courtesy. These small wineries are for serious wine lovers and not for those who simply want to visit as many wineries as they can. We purchased nearly a case of wine the first time we visited White Rock and over a case the second time.
White Rock Vineyards
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 257-7922 Prior appointment absolutely essential.
Addendum August 22, 2012: We continue visit and to purchase White Rock wines. I had three bottles of the White Rock 2009 Chardonnay but did not like it as well as the 2008; it tasted softer, rounder and more buttery to me. We also had a White Rock 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Laureate Reserve that was sensational! It has only recently been released. That is a 2005 being released in 2012. It is one of the finest Cabs I've ever had.