Wednesday - Napa Valley Lunch

A summer lunch at Somerston

We arrived at the lovely Somerston Estate in St Helena, Napa Valley, where we were whisked off in golf buggies on a vineyard tour guided by Craig and Kathleen from the estate. A bumpy but very enjoyable ride - the view at the top of the largest hill was just breathtaking!
Lunch was hosted by Napa Valley Vintners, on the patio of a lovely barn within the Somerston Estate, accompanied by several other Napa Valley producers. A simple yet delicious lunch of cherry salad, chicken breast, halibut fillet, roasted vegetables and the best strawberries I've ever eaten, matched with the following wines;
Grenache Blanc Highflyer by Somerston 2010
Rich but incredibly pretty at the same time. Lovely stone fruit flavours and almost waxy texture. I love Grenache Blanc and this was a great example. Super packaging too!
Sauvignon Blanc John Anthony Vineyards 2010 
100% Sauvignon Blanc from vines planted in 1996. 10% of the wine goes into French oak barrels for four months for just a kiss of oak, giving a smooth finish. Fresh, rpe peachy fruit with a good backbone of acidity.
Sauvignon Blanc Miner Family 2011
No oak treatment at all, so crisp, clean and aromatic. Not a herbal, grassy style, but more fruit forward and bursting with elegant tropical flavours. Great acidity and great balance.
Sauvignon Blanc Whitehall Lane 2011
1/3 fermented in new French oak and an addition of 10% Semillon gives this wine a slightly softer feel. Touch of creaminess of the palate and a very grassy, green finish. 
Pinot Grigio Swanson Vineyards 2010
Apparently the secret to this wine is the addition of 10% Chardonnay. Apple fruit flaours, crisp and dry with excellent minerality. Very refreshing.
Somerston Port 2009
Made from all five of the native Portuguese varieties used in Port production, this was a treat to taste as it’s not available for commercial sale. Rich and full bodied. The perfect ending!
The wines tasted were all aromatic and very refreshing after all of the big Cabernets from the round table presentation and tasting in the morning (see previous blog). However, both of these tastings showed two very different sides to Napa Valley and the sheer diversity of the region.
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Posted on 03/07/2012
by Danielle
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