St. Clement Vineyards is located in a charming old Victorian house located on the side of a hill overlooking Napa Valley. The winery is seen easily from Highway 29 as you leave St. Helena heading toward Calistoga. St. Clement is owned by the same company that owns Berringer Winery. There is a short uphill walk from where you park your car. You will certainly want to take some photos of the house and the view.
participated in the Discovery Tasting which is $20 and began with the
2010 Bale Lane Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc at $21. This was a pleasant
wine with a very good nose, nice grapefruit on the palate with good acid
and a crisp finish. We also had the 2010 Abbott's Vineyard Chardonnay
from Carneros priced at $27, the 2008 Napa Valley Merlot at $28 and the
2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at $36. These were all quite decent
for the money. Our favorites, though, were the 2007 and 2008 St.
Clement Oroppas, a Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot, Petit Verdot and
Cabernet Franc. Both were $55. I preferred the 2007 with its cherry
nose, good structure and grip, integrated tannins, lovely fruit and
nice finish. I liked this very much. The 2008 had softer tannins and a
more pronounced cherry taste. It was easy to drink without any pairing
and my friend bought a bottle. I think the 2007, though, would pair
better with food, will age better and is one of the better Cabs in Napa
Given how good the Oroppas was, I later regretted that we
did not taste some of the St. Clement premium cabs that run around $80.
After tasting the Oroppas, I have the feeling that St. Clement might
have some extraordinarily good Napa Valley Cabs, possibly some of the
best in the Valley. This is only a guess, and we don't usually return
to a winery until a few years have passed. If these are available in a
premium tasting, I would strongly advise opting for this tasting if you
are very serious about wine. The other wines were certainly good for
the money, but I have a feeling we missed some of the best. Our wine
educator was very pleasant and instructive.
St Clement Vineyards
2867 St. Helena Hwy N
St. Helena, CA 94574