Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Trinitas Cellars

Trinitas Cellars was founded in 2002 and is located in the Meritage Resort complex in Napa.  The tasting room is in a cave underneath the famous Napa Wine Press statue that can be seen when coming toward Napa on Highway 12.  Some of their fruit is from their own vineyards and some is sourced.

Service was very friendly at Trinitas.  Both servers were knowledgeable, polite and down to earth.  I wish more wineries realized how important customer service is to the overall tasting experience at a winery.  There is a $10 tasting fee but it is applicable toward your wine purchase and wine prices are very reasonable. No appointment is needed.


We began our tasting with the Trinitas 2010 Sauvignon Blanc at $22.  This had one of the best aromas of any Sauvignon Blanc I’ve encountered recently and was just like smelling a fresh Meyer’s lemon.  Comparing wines to fruits is approximate in most instances but this really did have the aroma of a Meyer’s.  This SB is from Pope Valley and had some Muscato added.  It was lemon rather than the usual grapefruit on the palate, with a longer finish than most SBs.  Their Chardonnay had full malolactic conversion, so I passed on tasting it and went next to the Trinitas 2009 Pinot Noir at $36.  This again had a very good nose.  I got plum and some smoke on the palate.  It was very drinkable.  We then proceeded to the Trinitas 2008 Meritage at $55, the favorite wine for both of us.  This is from Oak Knoll and is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Cabernet Fanc, Merlot and Malbec added.  It had well balanced bright red fruit on the palate and a good finish.  The Trinitas 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon at $50 was fairly good.  The nose was very light and I got plum on the palate with some smoke.  This was followed by the Trinitas 2009 Old Vine Petite Sirah at $25.  PS is one of my favorite varietals, but this one was too sweet tasting.  I have tasted late harvest desert Petite Sirahs which I’ve enjoyed but this one fell in between a normal PS and a desert one.  I didn’t care for the style but my friend did.  Tasting is subjective, especially regarding preferences in style.  This one is perhaps a Petite Sirah for those who usually don’t like Petite Sirahs or who want a fruity and rather sweet red wine.  It is much softer, sweeter and fruitier than most PS.  Overall, the wines at Trinitas were decent wines for the price, with the 2008 Meritage being our favorite.

875 Bordeaux Way
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 251-3012
Date of visit: March 28, 2012 

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