Sequoia Grove

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Sequoia-Grove-front-1_0.jpgWho Said Napans Are Snobby?
By Deirdre Bourdet

Whoever said Napa wineries aren't as friendly or down to earth as those in other places has clearly not been to the right places in Napa.  Even before I moved here, I always found Napan tasting rooms welcoming and friendly to everyone with a genuine interest in the wines and the region.  

Sequoia Grove is a perfect example, and one of my latest sleeper discoveries even though it's been around since 1978, and housed in a barn on Highway 29 that's 150 years old and surrounded by giant sequoia trees.  How I never managed to find my way there before is a complete mystery to me, but I'm very glad I finally made it. 
The tasting room is indeed a renovated barn, with warm wooden paneling and a long tasting bar carved from a single piece of wood.  French puncheons and a variety of wine-related schwag await your perusal, and hospitable staff members stand ready to ply you with Napa wines of every color.

All of the Sequoia Grove wines are made 100% from Napa grapes, but in a style that's more restrained than most Napa wines.  There's not a lot of oak and still plenty of acidity, making the wines refreshing rather than tranquilizing.  Cabernet sauvignon represents three quarters of their entire production, although you would never guess that from looking at the menu of options in the tasting room.  Winemakers Mike Trujillo and Molly Hill use that other quarter to entertain themselves with a lovely sauvignon blanc, bright lemony chardonnay, spicy syrah, Glorious Gewurz[traminer], Rollicking Rosé (of syrah),  and a Rebellious Red blend, all of which are priced at $30 or less (!), and most of which are only available directly from the winery.  

The higher end Reserve wines are meritage blends made in classic 5-varietal bordelaise style, combining cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, and malbec. After twenty months in French oak, they are elegant without being snobby, and definitely worth sampling.  If the Morisoli single-vineyard cabernet is available, TRY IT!  And buy it if you can afford it.

Hundred dollar Morisoli cab aside, Sequoia Grove is one of the best priced Napa wineries for a visit.  The tasting room is warm, welcoming, and open every day from 10:30 to 5:00 with no appointment or pretention necessary... and the wines are totally yum.

Sequoia Grove
8338 St. Helena Highway, Napa
(800) 851.7841
Special 2 for 1 Tasting Offer

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