While visiting Napa recently with some very good friends, we stopped at the Elizabeth Spencer tasting room in Rutherford. We were all pretty excited to get started on our wine tasting adventure for the day -- for the trip really, since this was our very first stop.
We couldn't have picked a better place to start. The little brick building was inviting and, while the interior was quaint, we opted for the lovely, blooming courtyard for our tasting. We were greeted by Ashley who told us the building was once an old post office from 1872! She was friendly and knowledgeable and turned us on to the 2005 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine is a brilliant purple color -- beautiful to look at in the glass -- has some mighty legs, and an aroma of blackberry and cherry with a bit of violet. I also noted aromas of sage and earth. The flavors were very fruit-forward and full-bodied with a long, smooth finish. While, in my opinion, this wine was moderately complex, proper cellaring would build upon that and only improve an already lovely finish. In other words, excellent now, even better later.
I haven't seen this wine in Washington yet but, fortunately, they ship. Check them out.