We visited Lava Vine on a recommendation from another winery on our last trip to Napa. They are in Calistoga and we were on our way to Healdsburg, so this was a great find! It was a happy hour atmosphere when we stopped in while Joe, the winemaker and owner poured the wine for all. He has an engaging way about him (as he holds court from behind the wine bar) and you can tell that he takes a lot of pride in his wine. Well, he should – – it’s fantastic!
This Napa Cabernet is big, but not overwhelming. It reminds me of a blueberry cobbler, with the ripe berry and balance of cinnamon and finish of graham and vanilla.
If you’re in Napa and you don’t visit Lava Vine, you’re missing out on the unique experience of meeting the winemaker and understanding the connection to what’s in the bottle. If you don’t do that at Lava Vine, make sure you do it somewhere. Cheers.