Day 3 starts out with another trip up Spring Mountain Road to visit Smith-Madronne. Without a doubt they probably have the best view overlooking the Napa Valley and it was absolutely breathtaking.
We did not get a chance to taste the Chardonnay as it was sold out. That being said ....
06 Reisling - Very pale yellow, transparent and lightly floral, rich. On the palate, there is an unfolding of layer after layer of pear and lemon merange.
04 Cab: Dk. Purple, almost black, opaque, The nose is reminiscent of Creme de cassis and licorice. Moderate tannins. This wine needs time to develop. Stored in American Oak with the final blend being 82% Cab Sauvignon, 8% Cab Franc and 10% Merlot.
Next stop, we broke with tradition and headed over to Sonoma for a stop at Siduri/Novi. We did not take notes the rest of the day but tasted:
05 Siduri Hawks View Vineyard
06 Siduri Russian River Valley
06 Siduri Pisoni
05 Novy Sonoma County Syrah
05 Novi Unti Vineyards
05 Novi Parson's Vineyard
05 Novi Rosella's Vineyard
From Siduri, we were off to Merry Edwards, which surprisingly was everybody's least favorite stop. We took no notes of any consequence.
Day 4: While we had the best of intentions to make at least 2 or 3 wineries, our first stop was David Arthur. While at David Arthur, we tasted the Merlot, Meritagio and the CS 1147. The 1147 was out of this world. As per the rumors everyone has spoken about David Long and his daughter Gretchen were unbelieveable hosts and I am now firmly in the camp that visits there are legendary. Our visit lasted 4 and 1/2 hours during which time we also barrel tasted this coming years Merlot and 1147.
Needless to say this was our only stop of the day.