One of the ways I am able to find great places when traveling is by word of mouth. The last time we went to Napa Valley, we made friends with a guy at Fisher Vineyards. Scotti, a fellow Texan, suggested we try Barnett Vineyards on our next trip for a special experience.
Barnett is an incredibly breathtaking property located on Spring Mountain in the northern Napa Valley. As our limo ascended the winding road toward Barnett, little did we know the view and wine we were about to encounter.
Our hostess for the day, Nicole, was friendly, informative and not overbearing, which is often found at other vineyards.
As we checked in and made our way outside, my first words were “holy shit” as the landscape of Calistoga and St. Helena came into view below.
Situated at 2,000 feet above the valley floor, Barnett boasts a beautiful wine cave, ample sitting areas, and some delectiable wines.
The smaller production vineyard was pouring their 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon– it was a hit. Not only is it a hit with our group, but apparently many others as well… Barnett was already into the last drops of their 2005 and were quickly moving into the ’04 vintage.
But more than any, we loved the crisp refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, with hints of grapefruit and citrus. The Sav Blanc hit the spot and was a perfect wine for a warm day.
Also, don’t forget their Pinot Noir… these wines were light and flavorful, offering the taste of a Cabernet without the weight. Xenia definitely enjoyed it…
Make sure to stop by Barnett for a view worth a millon bucks– AND you won’t be disappointed in the wine selections either. A big thanks goes out to Scotti for the “off-the-beaten-path” recommendation!
Tip: If you make “friends” with anyone on vacation, get their email address. That’s an easy way to contact them for their favorites in the area. Often times you’ll end up places you have never heard of and be smitten with their ambiance.