Sunday, August 30, 2015

Wine Tasting in Napa Valley - Hagafen Cellars

Hagafen Cellars - Glass by roland luistro, on FlickrOur second of four winery hopping was Hagafen Cellars. 

Hagafen Cellars does not only let you sample good wines, they are super friendly as well. One of the friendliest wine tasting experience I've ever had.

From Monticello Vineyards on Big Ranch Rd, we drove a little less than 2 miles to Silverado Trail Rd. to go to Hagafen Cellars. We didn't plan to go to Hagafen but we were too early to our reservation at Del Dotto caves so we decided to sample wines at Hagafen to kill time.

The gods of wines were with us because it turned out to be a good wine tasting experience.
Hagafen Cellars - Wine cellar 

The cellar is surrounded by vines with ripe grapes.
  Hagafen Cellars - Grapes

The cellar is small and unassuming. Our friendly wine educator greeted us.
Hagafen Cellars - Wine cellar bw 

Since this was just our second winery and we didn't want to get drunk early, we all decided to share one Prix and Reserve tasting. Our wine educator slash pourer was fine about this. 
Hagafen Cellars - Wine Tasting Don Ernesto 2013 Tempranillo Lodi

We asked if it was ok to skip the white wines also. To our pleasure, our pourer offered to serve other reds, instead. Our tailored Prix and Reserved tasting that day included their 2010 Merlot Hanna Vineyard Block 4, 2009 Syrah Wieruszoski Vineyard, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Hagafen Estate, 2009 Prix Melage, 2005 Prix Melage, 2013 Pinot Noir Coombsville, 2013 Clarinet Tempranillo, 2012 Syrah. 
  Hagafen Cellars - Wine tasting

They were all good and I tasted lots of earthy flavors that I have not tasted before. In the end, the one that truly stood our for me was their 2013 Clarinet Tempranillo. I decided to get a bottle for souvenir. Later that week, when we opened the bottle at home, I wished I bought more bottles because it was really good.
Hagafen Cellars - Don Ernesto 2013 Tempranillo Lodi


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