In this instance a bit of both. Pine Ridge Vineyards it was to be. Having become a little familiar with Pine Ridge Vineyards via twitter, Koala decided to pay a surprise visit to the tasting room and see what one may expect. Let’s face it, recommending Facebook friends and twitter followers you’ve never met is not a good practice. Located in the Stags Leap District on the famous Silverado Trail at 5901 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 93401, 800.575.9777, the place is easy to find.
Ok, done with history and into the present to see if the wines are really any good. Short answer - yes! There are some choices to make when it comes to your tasting experience. A tasting of current general release wines, an appellation specific tasting, a taste on the terrace that includes a chef-prepared sampling platter of artisan cheeses and local meats from the Fatted Calf Charcuterie and the 5x5 with food and wine pairing prepared by Pine Ridge Vineyards Winery Chef Janet Sheehan and you will get to enjoy this tasting experience in the recently renovated Cellar 47 room.
Koala went for the Appellation tasting which currently is the 2011 Sans Barrique Chardonnay, the 2007 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2007 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2008 Staggs Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2007 Fortis. Koala could ramble on about each wine and its smells and tastes but better yet go taste for yourself and know you will enjoy the experience. All the wines present themselves well and anyone would be welcome on Koala’s dinner table.
The facility has a display vineyard that is really good with different varietals and trellis styles to see in a beautiful setting. The picnic grounds are top notch and the only caveat is that you consume Pine Ridge Wine. That is easy to do! Over all a beautiful facility with great wines and an excellent display vineyard and a great tasting experience with Jennifer who was knowledgable about the history and the wine.
Koala’s bottle of choice purchased for the day was the 2007 Fortis. A truly lovely drinking wine that Koala puts at an 8 and *. Ponce note “drops onto the palate easy and says have some more”.
Next time in Napa Koala is looking forward to taking Kiwi here if he’s behaving!
To happy tasting!
Kiwi & Koala