Friday, June 14, 2013

#LancasterEstate #2 Last Summer Series!

One of the wineries we visited last summer on a family vacation was Lancaster Estate on Chalk Hill Road in the Alexander Valley region. It is a gorgeous property and their wine is excellent.
We made reservations for a private tasting and cave tour of the facilities. It is something to see. Here are a few pics via the internet. The pics are took are mostly of family, so I didn't want to bore anyone with those yet.

You walk inside the double doors and the tasting room for private events is where we tasted their wines. The granddaughters enjoyed it!
If you look in the picture below, you see a huge home in the right corner. That home is for renting to those that can afford it. We never saw it, but later on in the fall, we saw an episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey filmed at this vineyard. They had a beautiful dinner in the vineyards and of course the usual disagreements were present. I don't agree with a lot of the things some of those families do and say, but some of them have the right attitudes.

We spent about an hour and a half tasting and touring the caves. It is worth the visit. Here is the wine we have left. We were in their wine club for a while, then so much from the trip started coming in that we had to stop and drink what we had. What we have here are two Cabernet Sauvignons, but with two different vintages. 

The 2007 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($80) received 92 points in 2011 from "Wine & Spirits". 

The 2008 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($80) received 94 points in 2012 from Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate!
The last bottle we have left is a 2008 Lancaster Estate Sophia's Hillside Cuvee' ($42). This is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot and is a tribute to the owner's daughter.

I couldn't find anyplace online that sells this estate's wines. So if you order from them, it will be worth it!