A great winery to start with- Whetstone Wine Cellars

I wanted to start my blog with a bottle of Pinot Noir we picked up in October from a small family winery in Napa.  I was immediately drawn to visit Whetstone Wine Cellars when I learned that the owner Jamey Whetstone hails from Charleston, SC.  I am from a town about 2 hours north of Charleston and my husband and I were married there.  Whetstone offers an incredible wine tasting experience in their gardens.  Our lunch was catered by Top Chef Master Michael Chiarello’s restaurant Napa Style.  It was an array of paninis and a beautiful salad.  We had the opportunity to taste their latest vintages with Jamey’s wife Michelle and I highly recommend you check out their tasting experiences if you are in the Napa area.  They have opened a new tasting room since we last visited.

Tonight I am opening the 2007 Pleasant Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir.  The grapes come from the Russian River Valley and has 14.6% alcohol content.  The wine pours a medium red and has spice, cranberry, and cherry on the nose.  Wine Spectator gave this vintage 91 points and, I agree, it is a beautiful pinot noir.  The wine is dense with a palate of dark cherry, plum and spice and opens up nicely for a luxurious finish.  At $45/bottle it’s not your mid-week wine but it’s definitely a nice bottle for a weekend dinner party.   Now if only I was still sipping it in their beautiful garden 🙂

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