Mmm…wine! It’s what Napa is best known for. Year after year, wineries in the Napa Valley produce some of the most incredible vintages in the world, and 2017 was certainly no exception. From delightfully dark, jammy reds to the lightest, most delicate whites and even a few zinfandels, last year’s visitors got to taste an incredibly sumptuous and rich assortment of vinos. Here’s a few of the most highly recommended to try when you come!
2014 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
At nearly $800 a bottle online, the Bryant Family Vineyard’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is the quintessential wine of a lifetime. It’s also a true collectible as the vineyard only makes a small selection of bottles each year. Expect notes of blackberries and jammy fruit without overt sweetness; earthy mushrooms black currants provide balance, while slight floral notes set off the blend.
This one’s also special for another reason: many of the best wine critics are remarking on its reminiscence to wines from the 1950s and 1960s. If you didn’t get a chance to try them then, now’s your chance.
2014 Green & Red Chiles Canyon Vineyards Zinfandel
This option is more affordable at just $27, but that doesn’t mean it’s a slouch when it comes to flavor. Green & Red Chiles Canyon Zinfandel is layered with flavors of dark cherry and raspberry, all of which are augmented by just a dash of spices like bay leaves and cloves for interest. Wine connoisseurs labeled it sweet, tart, heady, and firm, making it a true experience for drinkers.
Despite being a Zinfandel, Green & Red Chiles Canyon Zinfandel is a deep, rich vermillion in shade. At first glance, one might even suspect it’s a light red or cabernet sauvignon, but it is in fact a zinfandel – it’s just balanced to achieve a deeper color. It’s a great way to enjoy traditional Zinfandel flavor in a delightfully beautiful presentation.
2010 Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc
Looking for something truly indulgent? Screaming Eagle’s limited-batch, 300-bottle 2010 Sauvignon Blanc just might be what you’re looking for, but it doesn’t come cheap. This collector’s edition bottle is a must-have for some of the world’s most studious wine lovers, which is why there’s only a few left available to the public. At $4,900 a bottle, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime wine best saved for truly special occasions and gifts.
But the expense isn’t only due to its rareness; Screaming Eagle’s wines are also some of the most highly rated in the world. That’s exactly why this one is still rating on the top 100 nearly 18 years after it was created. Upon opening the bouquet, you’ll immediately know it’s a masterpiece; meadow and fresh grass nuances play with brighter, bolder flavors like lillies and passionfruit. The end result is an undyingly feminine and delicate wine that’s somehow also deeply complex.
Feeling excited about Napa’s wines? We want to invite you to come try a few in person. Book your accommodations through Napa Valley Hotels & Suites and spend time in the country’s most beautiful valley this summer.