Vines, Wines, Horses, Cowboys and Cows are joined by the five dogs that are always bounding around Nancy and Michael’s heels. There are great oaks on the property and great things coming from the property. Great Oaks Ranch and Vineyard
In 1998, the Irish family left the Valley in pursuit of their dreams, hoping to find a quaint location where they could raise their children and build a winery. The small town of Vallecito had both, and the historic Batten house became the foundation on which this dream would grow. The Batten farmhouse, built in 1867, offered the family a perfect place to plant their winery. A very pleasurable and fun experience! The Irish family is very hospitable and the wine is among the best in the Murphy’s area.
The staff was great and wines are amazing. Vicky was very warm and welcoming. We went on a Friday evening it was busy but still attentive to our needs.One of the bigger wineries, open to the public, that gets a lot of foot traffic. But heck, the wines are great! so no complaining. Some really unique blends mixed in with the more traditional. Their at the vineyard only Gewurztraminer was heaven and the Ridiculous Red plus some good Cabs and solid Sauvignon Blanc.
The Steven Kent Winery was started in 1996 with one mission: to make Cabernet in the Livermore Valley that rivals in quality the greatest wines made anywhere in the world. A must stop when you plan to visit Livermore and taste her wines. Be sure to try their Malbec – a beautiful wine.
13 Appelations - Against this trend of vineyard-designated wines comes THIRTEEN — a wine made not from not just one vineyard, but from a baker’s dozen, each one more esteemed than the next. What distinguishes these vineyards is that they have been chosen as the best representatives of their respective sub-appellations: Howell Mountain, Rutherford, etc. Napa Valley has 13 of these sub-appellations or did when we picked the fruit.
Dominus is also private label, not commercialized as others in Napa Valley. Dominus Estate is owned by Christian Moueix from Libourne, France. The Estate tucks in the Yountville, a short drive from the Villagio Inn and the busy street of Washington. Some of the finest Cabernet-based wine made in Napa. There is no disagreement. There are rumors that Pere Christian brings oak from Petrus or elsewhere back to Yountville for increased subtleties. One will never know. In any event, this is an extremely important site, with extremely impressive results.
Authentically Californian in spirit, Archipel expresses the greatness of the ancient Mayacamas Mountain soils in a truly contemporary wine style. Bold and assertive with an approachable velvety texture, Archipel delivers vibrant plum and spice flavors enhanced by French and American oak barrel aging. One of the primary winemaking tehniques used is called "cold soak". Instead of fermenting the grapes immediatly after harvest, fruit is placed in stanless steel tanks and held for 5-6 days at a temperature of 44 degrees Fahrenheit. This period of cold soaking allows grape skins to maintain contact with the juice for deep color and flavor extraction.
Founded in 2005, La Fenêtre is my expression of classic style and technique in winemaking with new world, modern sensibility. Crafted wines that are elegant, perfectly balanced, great with food, and long to finish. While the great classic, old world wine regions of Burgundy, Bordeaux, and the Rhône are my benchmarks, true to the terroir of the vineyards from which my wines originate.
Dos Rios wines are grown on river canyon terraced vineyards at 1200 feet elevation in poor, fast draining soil. Here, cool nights and warm afternoons are accompanied by persistent wind. Hand picked fruit and ferment in 250-gallon open top tanks before barrel aging Vin De Tevis wines upwards of 39 months.
Tasting Room & Picnic Grounds: Clos Du Val boasts one of the most friendly, down-to-earth winery experiences in Napa Valley brought to you in an incomparably beautiful setting. Clos Du Val offers everything from a casual tasting at their tasting bar, to formal tours and tastings with the winemaker, to large group wine tasting and blending seminars. Beautifully manicured grounds provide the perfect setting for romantic interludes or picnics with family and friends.