It’s the obvious choice. Most recognize Domaine Carneros for their famous bubbly and the massive Chateau that sits along Highway 12. But they also have a dedication to pinot noir, with four current offerings all sourced from their estate Carneros vineyards. Seated tastings take place at intimate tables on the balcony, offering flights of sparkling wine, pinot noir, or a combination of the two. The blanc de noir is made from 100 percent pinot noir grapes, which are fermented without the skins so that the wine loses its red color. Pairing plates of cheese, charcuterie, smoked salmon or caviar are also available for an additional cost.
1240 Duhig Rd., Napa
Just down the road is Cuvaison. The views are nearly as incredible as the wine at this modern glass house. Their typical wine flight includes a smooth estate pinot noir, and it’s worth asking if you can compare it to the Spire, a rich single block pinot reserved for club members. It will awaken your taste buds and just might make you a club member!
1221 Duhig Rd., Napa
Just off Highway 121, Saintsbury is a hidden gem within the Napa-Carneros region. Dependent on the weather, your tasting will either take place in the English-style gardens adjacent to the Home Vineyard or on the eastside of the cellar overlooking the vineyards. The classic seated tasting lasts about 1 hour and includes four Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay exploring wines from select vineyards in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and Sonoma Coast. A Saintsbury host will also walk you through a tasting of current releases, detailing the winemaking practices, different terroirs, and story behind iconic Pinot Noir vineyards.
1500 Los Carneros Avenue Napa