Last Thursday a wine and cheese reception didnt offer much in the way of satisfying wine or cheese, so my friends and I headed over to Café Lucy in downtown Napa for real wine and food. The three of us split three glasses of different wines. With our shared Dungeness crab salad, a citrusy and crisp Sancerre. Then two reds: a light and elegantly fruity Brouilly to wrap around the filet of sole and the salmon special, then the 99 Madigan Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to go with my NY steak.
The Madigan Cab is worth a special mention. The quality of the wine surpasses its price point, $27 per bottle on the list. This is the second label of White Rock Vineyards (depicted below which makes a terrific French-style claret wine that sells for more than twice the price). Sweet currant and black cherry fruit with a dusty spice tone and light oak shadings, polished silky tannins, elegant balance, and a long lilting finish. Very enjoyable with the red meat, but graceful and crisp enough to tune into the fish entrees as well.
Ive been told this wine is only sold to restaurants, so watch for it on a wine list near you.