Tour and Tasting at V Sattui

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Early morning at Sattui

After a wonderful breakfast at the B&B, we were on our way to St Helena so Brett could go on his first winery tour.  I've been a member at Sattui for a number of years but just a few years ago, became a gold member which is a lifetime membership (buying 5 cases of wine at one time).  Doesn't seem like much now but back then, it was the most I had ever bought!  I was still a bottle or two buyer back in those days (still living in Vegas was part of it).  With the gold membership, you are entitled to private tastings if you set it up ahead of time and I wanted Chris to do our tour and Jay to do a private tasting.  There was a bit of a mix up and it didn't get scheduled but we had an awesome time anyways! 

Chris did his technical tour which I love hearing about the intricate process of making wine and then we headed down into the cellar club to not only taste all their great wines, but to sample their new White Riesling which isn't available yet!  It was made with a strain of yeast from the Mosul River area in Germany which is by the Rhine - where Brett and I just visited when I was out in Dec/January! Brett kept track of all the wine we were tasting and in what order and by the time we were done, we had sampled 19 different wines! LOL.

Chris discussing the vines
  YIKES!  Jay, who I love to try and visit regularly (lots of pics of him in my other wine country blogs) ran upstairs and brought us some cheeses to try with the various wines.  Brett has the list but I know we had Havarti, a wonderful Gouda, and the most incredible one was Piave Vecchio. OMG! It was like a Parmesan Reggiano and OMG....it was incredible.  The last cheese was some type of truffle type but will have to update when I get the list from Brett! LOL. 

I think Brett ended up loving all their wines just as much as I do and we talked to Chris about purchasing futures that would be available this next weekend at the Barrel Tasting party!  There is a Howell Mountain Zinfanfel that is available to Gold Members only and expected to sell out at the event.

Hey Jay!
  The price had not been released yet but we are getting a case of that as well as a case of the White Riesling when it is released.  I managed to get Brett hooked on their dessert wines which are incredible - the Angelica is like a muscat fortified with Brandy and the Madeira has Brandy as well.  Jay found a shipper box so Brett could take a bottle of each back to the NL with him but something tells me they are going to remain here with me for the time being...hee hee. 

Time flew and it was already headed past 2pm! We had been there most of the day which is what I figured would happen.  I wanted Jay to take a pic of Brett and I in the Gold room where the lights form a heart when you take a photo but figures, one of the lights was out and the heart was not visible.

Brett and I in the Gold Room
  Still took a pic against the backdrop anyways!  I showed Brett around the Gold room a bit more, checking out some of the incredible old vintages in the slots.  We took a number of pictures of wines that are probably worth a lot of money and would be amazing to try. 

After playing around a bit more in the cellar club, we said our goodbyes, we headed upstairs to the main tasting room and deli where we could get his magnet! :D  After dealing with that chaos, we headed off towards Calistoga so Brett could tour the Castle where the Sattui Harvest Ball is now held.  I've managed to talk him into coming back out for that in September..formal ball which means he will be in a tux.  Hee Hee. 

azsalsa says:
You guys need to see the movie, "Bottleshock" about a Calif. winery. I saw it on the plane back from England last week and it was great.....based on a true story.
Posted on: Feb 05, 2009
williamsworld says:
When you do it, you do it right. I must get here when I come home. Thanks for the tour. Love ya.
Posted on: Jan 26, 2009
poohstanggt says:
I know Liz...come back out - Jay said hi too! :D

Tartufa! That was what it was! That Gouda was incredible. And take care of YOUR babies?!?! What is it they say, possesion is 9/10 of the law!?! :P And to drink that much Riesling and our Howell Mountain futures, you will need to spend A LOT of time here! :D
Posted on: Jan 24, 2009
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Early morning at Sattui
Early morning at Sattui
Chris discussing the vines
Chris discussing the vines
Hey Jay!
Hey Jay!
Brett and I in the Gold Room
Brett and I in the Gold Room
Sattuis beautiful buildings
Sattui's beautiful buildings
The rear picnic grounds
The rear picnic grounds
Fountain
Fountain
Close up of fountain
Close up of fountain
Entrance to cellar club
Entrance to cellar club
View from Cellar Club entrance
View from Cellar Club entrance
Inside the cellar - where special …
Inside the cellar - where special…
Welcome to the Cellar Club! :D
Welcome to the Cellar Club! :D
The little Sattui museum
The little Sattui museum
Bladder press
Bladder press
Older vines on property
Older vines on property
Close up of the newly planted vines
Close up of the newly planted vines
Newly planted vines!
Newly planted vines!
Brett enjoying the awesome weather…
Brett enjoying the awesome weathe…
Barrel room
Barrel room
Barrels..almost ready for bottling
Barrels..almost ready for bottling
More of the fermentation tanks
More of the fermentation tanks
Stainless steel fittings for the t…
Stainless steel fittings for the …
Steel fermentation tanks
Steel fermentation tanks
Chris talking about the steel tanks
Chris talking about the steel tanks
Our yummy cheeses
Our yummy cheeses
The new White Riesling (protype la…
The new White Riesling (protype l…
The pate paired with the white rie…
The pate paired with the white ri…
Brett in the cellar room
Brett in the cellar room
Harvest Ball signed bottles
Harvest Ball signed bottles
The new Steve Lee Reserve $125 a b…
The new Steve Lee Reserve $125 a …
Napa Valley Pinot Noir
Napa Valley Pinot Noir
1982 Alexander Valley Zinfandel
1982 Alexander Valley Zinfandel
1982 Napa Valley Zinfandel
1982 Napa Valley Zinfandel
1976 Amador County Zinfandel (I wa…
1976 Amador County Zinfandel (I w…
1988 Howell Mountain Napa Valley Z…
1988 Howell Mountain Napa Valley …
1978 Napa Valley Zinfandel
1978 Napa Valley Zinfandel
Me and the 79 Napa Valley Cabernet!
Me and the 79 Napa Valley Cabernet!
Close up of the 79 Cab
Close up of the 79 Cab
75 Napa Valley Cab - WOW!
75 Napa Valley Cab - WOW!
Suzanne Vineyard Cabernet
Suzanne Vineyard Cabernet
Harvest Ball wine - and the bottle…
Harvest Ball wine - and the bottl…
Look at all the older Sattui vinta…
Look at all the older Sattui vint…
Magnum in its box
Magnum in its box
I can only dream of affording one …
I can only dream of affording one…
Oh how I wish I could carry that h…
Oh how I wish I could carry that …
Another shot of us in the Gold Room
Another shot of us in the Gold Room
The vineyards map
The vineyards map
Old Sattui building in SF
Old Sattui building in SF
Really old bottles of Sattui!
Really old bottles of Sattui!
100 years strong back in 1985~I wa…
100 years strong back in 1985~I w…
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