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Planning a trip to Napa, help us out

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Planning a trip to Napa, help us out

sheckylovejoy | Oct 7, 2009 11:51 AM

Yeah, I know, this has been covered ad nauseum, but I was looking to tailor a 4-day trip to our specific tastes. We tend to like left-bank Bordeauxs and Tuscans (Brunellos especially). Rich, meaty and well-balanced.

My knowledge of California wines is paper-thin, and I was hoping to steer away from the straight California cabs, which, while often very good, I find to be a little boring with poor finishes. No flame war, please, it's just an uneducated opinion, but it is mine.

Anyway, this is my provisional first list of wineries that specialize in Bordeaux-style blends, as near as I can tell. Obviously we can't visit them all in 4 days, but tell me what you think of these, and please feel free to add others or just tell me I'm crazy. Also, feel free to note which wineries have great tour/tasting-room experiences, aside from the wine.

Chimney Rock
Spring Mountain Vineyards
Cain
Bennett Lane
Alpha Omega
Joseph Phelps
Franciscan
Girard
Peju Province
Archipel
Viader
Opus

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