Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Napa Cellars

We were delightfully surprised at how much we enjoyed the wines were at Napa Cellars.  We had been there previously but only tasted the Folie a Deux line by the same family.  We found the Napa Cellars wines to be very different and more appealing to our tastes than the Folie a Deux wines.  The hospitality during both visits was very good.  Much thanks this time to Chira for being so helpful and pleasant.

Outside Tasting Room of Napa Cellars

Our tasting began with the Napa Cellars 2010 Sauvignon Blanc at $18.  It had a pale gold color that was very appealing.  But it was not in a style I like, not being dry enough or having that crisp acidity that I look for in a SB.  Some people might like it because it is softer than the usual Sauvignon Blanc.  Much more to my liking was the Napa Cellars 2009 Merlot at only $26.  This had a great cherry nose, nice balance, pleasant tannins, good fruit (mostly cherry) and a decent finish.  I think it is one of the better Merlots in this price range.  We also liked the Napa Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon that sells for only $26.  It was a nice cab for the price.  Our favorite, though, was the Napa Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard at $48 which was a full bodied, fruit forward, well balanced Cab with fresh cherry, blackberry, vanilla and firm tannins on the palate. Finish was medium to long length. It is very appealing for this price.

The wines at Napa Cellars are good for the price.  If you are only a casual wine drinker, you might prefer the Folie a Deux wines.  Otherwise opt for the Napa Cellars flight. Situated right on highway 29, this is a winery that is easily reached.  We recommend you visit them.  They are also in the Napa Neighbor Program. I’d like to return sometime to try their Chardonnays, Zinfandel, Syrah and possibly some of their reserves.

Napa Cellars
7481 St. Helena Highway
Oakville, CA 94562
(707) 944-2565
Date of visit: February 22, 2012

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