When my friend Linda Walbridge and I decided to meet in Napa Valley this August, I knew one of the boutique wineries I wanted to visit was Elizabeth Spencer Wines. I had seen the label and fell in love with it, which is pretty much enough to make you want to visit. My daughter and her husband had been to the tasting room. She had opened a bottle of ES rosé at their home in California for me to try. It was so delicious. But I wanted the experience for myself, so I wrote them to arrange a tasting for my friends and I. We promised to blog about their wines when we returned to our home states of North Carolina and Texas. Guess what-we got an appointment right away!
Such a quaint little tasting room, with a garden full of tables, chairs and umbrellas. We sat outside in the perfect Napa Valley weather for our tastings.
We were greeted by Geremy, our wine educator, and escorted out to the gardens. Our first tasting was a !00% 2015 Block N Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc ($35) that was a medium to light-bodied Sauv Blanc, which I absolutely love. It had a bright pale color and a crispy finish. Perfect for a day in the warm sunny weather!
This 2015 Mendocino Chenin Blanc ($26) was so refreshing with Meyer lemon aromas, and fresh peach and clover honey flavors. Delicious!
Our next tasting was a 2014 Block Seven Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($63). This beautiful golden color Chardonnay is a medium-bodied wine with rich flavors. I loved it because it wasn't buttery and creamy, but crisp, bright and clean.
Now for my favorite of all wines for the summer (or anytime) the 2015 Mendocino Rosé of Grenache ($19) was simply elegant. A gorgeous clear, bright apricot color, this wine is dry and zesty. We enjoyed its ripe flavors of strawberry with a twist of tangerine. It drinks well alone or with cheeses and a great wine for that brunch you've been longing to host at your home!
Moving onto reds, we tasted a 2013 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast ($48). This wine is a dark ruby red color. Black cherries and citrus fill your nose, cola and plum fill your mouth and finish with delicate tannins that I loved.
Our last tasting was a 2013 Elizabeth Spencer Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon ($105). This wine was a dark red brick color and delicious. It was wonderfully flavored with fruits and spices just like you would expect a Napa Cab to be only better.
We appreciate the time Geremy took to host us and showcase the Elizabeth Spencer Wines. We will be back soon. This boutique winery is not to be missed in Rutherford, California. You can find them at 1165 Rutherford Rd. or online at www.elizabethspencerwines.com