Sights and observations from PRIMAL Napa Valley

by TrevR on November 9, 2009

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This past weekend we made our way up to Chase Cellars in St. Helena for PRIMAL Napa Valley.

As the name implies, PRIMAL was billed as a celebration of fire cooking, meat and the art of butchering and it did not disappoint.

Mr. Meat: Chris Cosentino (Incanto, Boccalone) has a laugh amidst the open fire pits at PRIMAL Napa Valley in St. Helena, CA

Mr. Meat: Chris Cosentino (Incanto, Boccalone) has a laugh amidst the open fire pits at PRIMAL Napa Valley in St. Helena, CA

In addition to the large crowd, fire cooking area (which turned out to be a good place to keep warm after sunset), more meat than you could ever imagine and the very interesting butchering demos that took place throughout the afternoon, we also made time to taste a few wines. Here are some very quick notes we jotted down on some of the standouts for us:

  • Chase Cellars: we enjoyed a solid Zinfandel from fruit sourced from 100+ year-old vines located right on the property in St. Helena
  • Terra Valentine: this young Cabernet paired quite well with the various meats and should be more robust in a couple years
  • Gamble Family Vineyards: the Heritage Sites Napa Valley Red Wine, which is an interesting blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Charbono, was light and lively
  • Larkin: A very nice Cabernet Franc, which on this cool afternoon, made for an excellent pairing with many of the grilled meats. Loved the blueberry notes

Our resident photographer was on-hand snapping away, so we’ve strung together some of the best images and put them into this short video for you to enjoy:

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, PRIMAL Napa, PRIMAL Napa Valley, Chase Cellars, Chris Cosentino]

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