Winos in a Limo

Our Ride

Our Ride

Quite some time ago, I communicated with Jo Diaz of Diaz Communications and the wine blog “Wine Blog-Juicy Tales By Jo Diaz” about Petite Sirah, both because I’d hosted a Wine Blogging Wednesday devoted exclusively to the subject and I’d written about a Petite Sirah producer Jo had not yet discovered.  One of the hats Jo wears is that of the executive director of Petite Sirah I Love You, the Petite Sirah Advocacy Group.  She’d kindly offered to set me up with some appointments on my next trip out to the Sonoma/Napa area so I contacted her before our recent vacation to see if the offer still stood…not only did it stand, but Jo outdid herself and anything I ever expected from an offer to “open some doors!”  She came back to me, said she’d get a car and we’d do a day in Napa…well, the car turned into a limo, and the day turned into an excursion to four excellent winery stops with Jo’s family-her, her husband Jose, her daughter Melanie (who will be attending the Wine Blogger Conference this summer!), and her son-in-law Heath, along with me and Matt!  You can read Jo’s initial take on our day here and see a cute picture of the whole group.

The Wines

The Wines

For our first stop of the day we had an appointment at Stags’ Leap…the one with the ‘ outside the “s”  🙂  We arrived just in time as our host had just started in on the lecture about the history of the winery, so we took our places and settled in for our first sip of wine of the day…the first of many to come.  As we drove up, I noticed the stunning grounds, and the house…or what looked like a house at the top of the driveway. It turns out that Stags’ Leap used to be a resort…in the yard they have what they claim is one of the oldest in ground swimming pools in California (though it no longer functions as a pool).  You can apparently still stay in one of the cottages on the property as they other guests at the tasting were staying there.

2007 Napa Viognier: $25. Lemongrass, lime, orange, peach, white grapefruit, orange blossom, tropical notes, white peach, spice-white pepper, pear, nice finish.

2008 Napa Amparo Rosé: $20. Grenache Rosé. Loved the color on this one, it looked like a melted Jolly Rancher.  Pepper, strawberry candy, lime, cherry limeade, white pepper, cherry, raspberry, orange/tangerine on the edges, very dry.

Look at that color!

Look at that color!

2006 Napa Gypsy Camp: $38. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend. Floral, violets, spice, bright black fruit, blackberries, cigar, bitter chocolate notes, black cherry, anise, blueberry, baking spice, tannic.

2005 Napa White Label Cabernet Sauvignon: $49. Strawberry jam, milk chocolate, herbs, mint, eucalyptus, blackberry, red fruit, raspberry, black cherry, spice, espresso beans, earth.

2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon “The Leap”: $75. Concentrated jammy black fruit, black currants, clove, black cherry, fruity, spice, dark chocolate, vanilla cream, blackberries, baking spice, tannins.

2006 Napa White Label Petite Syrah: $38. Blueberry, blue fruit, coffee, spice, cedar chest, chocolate, black fruit, plum, red raspberries, big fruit, smooth, really nicely done.

2006 Estate Petite Syrah: $75, Blueberry jam, vanilla cream, raspberry, red fruit, anise, velvety.  I didn’t take many notes on this one since we were wandering the property at this point and I couldn’t balance my notebook, glass, camera, purse….etc.

After our tasting, we took a brief tour of the grounds, before we had to run to our next appointment. Sadly, we didn’t leave enough time to buy anything…I really wanted a magnum of the White Label PS and some of the Rosé.  Oh well.  Onto the grounds.

I took many photos while we meandered, stopping outside the old winery building to admire the grape leaf stained glass windows, looking at the old pool, and appreciating the varied flora.  A great way to kick off our full day and an extremely interesting prelude to our next stop at Quixote.

Grape Leaf Stained Glass

Grape Leaf Stained Glass

Interesting Plants

Interesting Plants

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