If I could use one word to describe Chimney Rock winery in Napa, it would be charming. From the building architecture all the way to the staff and main attraction (wine), this adorable winery and tasting room is bursting with character. Built in a Cape Dutch-style, the building silhouette is unmistakable. Given that this winery is located in the Stag’s Leap District, with ultra-premium wines, I was pleasantly surprised with the staff who were all very friendly and helpful. The walls are decorated with bright and eccentric paintings from a local artist, adding to the upbeat and positive vibe that surrounds the tasting bar. Outside you will find a cute little patio where you can sip and taste from as well.
Now for the main attraction: the wine. I am including a picture of their premium tasting flight. Especially when visiting a premium winery, I generally like to taste pinnacle of their portfolio – why not taste the best that they can showcase (not to mention that many times these wines are not easily accessible in your general grocery store, etc)? Anyway, the premium tasting is only $5 more so definitely worth it, in my opinion.
Ok, so every wine on the list was delicious, of course – I was not surprised. Honestly, though, there was one on the list that just makes it so that I can’t really remember any of the rest in detail. This wine was so good, that I will add it to my top 5 best ever wines tasted! It just blew me away – The Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Where do I start? Complex and smooth, LONG toasty finish, very elegant and refined. If ever in Napa, you need to taste this – a unique boutique winery worth visiting.
Final Thought: Appropriately named, this Tomahawk wine will give you a concussion after bashing you over the head with flavor – it will be difficult to recall any other wines you taste on your trip.