Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

Broc Cellars

At the tasting event, we got to try different whites and red wine varieties. Oddly, all the red wines tasted too young. The best wine was the white vine star blend wine. The flavors just juiced out. I was disappointed with this years vine star red release, having tasted the year prior. The best red wine that was poured was the carignin wine. Though to me, still a little immature, the flavor would be dead on.

Ferrari-Carano Vineryards & Winery

If ever you decide to meander the wineries of Dry Creek Road, this place is a must! Landscape architects have touched every inch of the estate with their magic wand blending color, textures, and aromas that match the bouquet of their family owned wines.
Their 2010 Chardonnay Reserve is beautiful with hints of vanilla & pear with a slight buttery finish; very smooth. The 2009 Sky High Pinot Noir from the Alexander Valley is bright & crisp with a beautiful color; it is a limited production so get them while you can. This family basically carved an opulent French estate out of the hills of Dry Creek, and it has to be seen to be believed.

Page Wine Cellars

Here's a winemaker who goes out of his way to write a warm personal thank you at the end of the year that frankly sets Page apart. Just good business -sure. But more than that I think. Kudos to Bryan Page for a terrific stable of wines and an awareness that the 'why' of what he is doing-making great intimate experiences for his growing wine club - is critical to his success.

Bent Metal Winery

While in his late twenties and early thirties Scot Brown would on many ocasions with is father-in law sit drinking wine on a deck and look out over a hill or open space, and talk about how great it would be to plant a vineyard there or make wine there. Well, eventually Scott figured out that all the two of them were going to do was talk about it.
Scott and his wife Judy started making some wines and they kept getting better. The couple sent a bottle of Cab Franc to the Amador county wine competition. The two soon forgot about it until a month or so later Judy was out at the mail box cackling laughing. Scott asked what was so funny. She said the had won an award! Since then Bent Metal Winery has received numerous wine making awards.

Titus Vineyards

f you can get an appointment here, I highly suggest doing it. A lot of the valley wineries are commercial and push sales and have tons of tourists - not here! This is a laid back, family owner, quality one on one experience. We arrived and were the only ones there and were greeted by our tour guide and his dog 29 (aptly named after the highway that runs through Napa). We sat on a bench outside the old house that serves as their headquarters and enjoyed many of their wines and their homegrown olive oil. A small family winery on the Silverado Trail. Just love their reds. Great Deal ! ! Wines are underpriced at least 30%, and no charge for tasting. You need to call for an appointment and it is a little hard to find but worth it.

Solune Winery

Reflecting winegrower Jacques Mercier's roots, Solune combines the french words for sun (soleil) and moon (lune), to convey the premium grape growing advantage we enjoy in this beautiful Northern California Sierra Foothills area, an unusually large temperature difference between our warm days and our cool nights (40-50°F).
Solune Winery specializes in small-lot production of intense and well structured wines thriving under these ideal ripening conditions. We hope to visit this winery in the near future. Watch for changes here or short articles on wineries or areas and the wineries visited.

Saturday & Sunday from 12 to 5.

Frazier Winery

Frazier is a family-owned and operated winery committed to producing handcrafted, estate wines from the Napa Valley. Bill Frazier started the Frazier label in 1995 and, alongside his daughter & son-in-law, continues to follow in his passion producing approximately 1,500 cases per year of Cabernet and Merlot which express the unique characteristics of hillside vineyards in the Coombsville area of Napa.

Black Ridge Vineyards

"Whatever it takes to make great wine" is the philosophy behind the people and the wines at Black Ridge Vineyards. 100% estate grown fruit is used in their wines. Open every THursday from 12-5pm and the 3rd weekend of every monty. Be sure to check out their calendar for dates the tasting room is open.

Crooked Vine Winery

Crooked Vine Winery/ Stony Ridge
The original Stony Ridge winery was established in 1887 at the historic Ruby Hills site in Pleasanton, California. In 1975, a group of young enthusiastic winemakers leased the current Livermore property and continued Stony Ridge Winery. In 2000, the Vaughn family purchased the winery and expanded creating an additional label, Crooked Vine.

Conn Creek Winery

Conn Creek is a small but nice winery located in St. Helena. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the wine and estate even explaining to us the different regions around Napa, Sonoma, Rutherford, etc.
I really liked the Cabernet Franc and the Cabernet Sauvingon. If you're a big red wine fan, they have a flight tasting of just red wines if you don't want to try their mixed wines.
Tastings are $10 for the regular and $15 for the reserve.

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