This past weekend we once again attended one of our favorite local events–A Taste of Yountville. This year’s event saw many of the usual suspects line the streets, including Hurley’s, Compadres, Redd, Robert Mondavi Winery, The Hess Collection and many more.
This time around, we decided to indulge ourselves by trying a wide variety of wines from multiple local wineries (we know, tough job, right?). Here’s a quick rundown of our top picks of the day–in no particular order.
2005 Quixote Winery Petite Syrah
This supple wine, which was just released a couple weeks ago, retails for $50 per 750ml bottle (see this link–warning, PDF). We got nice hints of blueberry and black pepper and enjoyed the long, rich finish. The fruit came from 11 year-old vines in the Stags’ Leap Ranch vineyard.
2005 Hill Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Full-bodied, big oak tannins and blackberries on the nose. For us, this wine screamed classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon–solid structure and loads of yummy dark fruits. The ’05 Cabernet Sauvignon retails for $45 per 750ml bottle.
2007 Cliff Lede Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
We of course had to re-taste one of our favorite local Sauvignon Blanc’s, the ’07 from Cliff Lede Vineyards in Yountville, and we were not disappointed. A slightly weightier Sauvignon Blanc than you’ll typically find from these parts, the bright citrus flavors really came through for us this time around. The ’07 Sauvignon Blanc retails for $22 per 750ml bottle.
Our resident photographer was also busy–enjoy the image gallery from the event below. Just click on any single image to view it in full size (and click the image again to return to the gallery), or click the “View with PicLens” link to watch a slideshow.