It Doesn't Get Any Better
Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
27Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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A few miles outside San Juan Batista we found a beautiful venue nestled between smalls hills of vines. I know a lot of people prefer not to visit vineyards in January as the vines are sans grapes and being pruned
The tasting consisted of all 2007 vintages, and we started with their Chardonnay, simultaneously crisp and creamy. It was very nice, but all four of us were excited that the rest of the wines were red. The Pinot and the newer Threesome were both tasty. My level of impression only grew as we tasted the Franc Five and the Carnavál Meritage. The 2006 Carnavál was another wine I had previously enjoyed; however the 2007 was amazing. Berry notes give way to chocolate and coffee all balanced with a round mouthfeel. This was my kind of wine, and I figured my favorite of the day. Then the 2007 Cabernet was poured. Rachel immediately began to sing its praises. Mike and I had ventured to Napa the weekend before and drank some good Cabs. However, we both agreed that this $32 bottle was better than any Napa Cabernet under $50
Mike had enthusiastically explained that the beautiful grounds which included lots of tables, two bocce ball courts and grand outdoor fireplaces. Mike and Mike checked out a set of bocce balls from Angela, while Rachel and I set up a picnic of cheese, salami, crackers, fruit, and olives. The dogs' mouths watered at our snacks, while our mouths watered as Mike poured us generous glasses of the wine. We dug into the food all the while discussing this fabulous winery. When the two Mikes began their bocce ball game, Rachel and I basked in the afternoon sun, relaxing and laughing. I love days when my biggest worry is that our puppy, Ries, chewed through his leash wrapped around my chair. And even that was pretty funny.