Napa Valley Wine Tasting Round-Up

27 Feb
February 27, 2013

February 2013 “Best of the Best” Wines

In my last post, I profiled our favorites among the 22 wineries we visited earlier this month. This wine tasting round-up was equally as challenging to create because there were 125 to consider! I was not able to take extensive notes on each glass, but I did a daily retrospective to pick out those that were drinking best and whittled my list to 27.

One of the benefits of visiting Napa Valley in February is that many wineries typically release new vintages in the winter. Several were pouring 2005 and 2009+ Cabernets and it was lovely to be able to compare the two after a bit of time in the bottle. If there’s one thing I took away from this trip, it’s that I’m a sucker for 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

On this visit, we really tried for at least a 50/50 split of new and old favorite wineries to allow for more exploration and discovery. I’ve noted that when I do find something I like, I tend to drink a lot of it – so, I’m looking forward to adding several new finds to my repertoire. Cheers!

February 2013 “Best of the Best” Wines



The good news is that some of these wines are typically available at larger (and some small, local) shops. If not, you can order them directly from the wineries, in most cases.

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  1. Rob says:

    Great post and line up. I love Buccella, kelly fleming, and O’Shaughnessy. All fab wines of high quality. Was just out in napa last week and spent some time at Blankiet, Seavey, Chateau Boswell. Another three great wineries. Boswell wines under Russell Bevan are special. Watch that place for 2012 and 2013 vintages.


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