Terra Valentine, St. Helena
St. Helena , California
Tel: 707 967 8340
Concierge.com's insider take:
On the flanks of Spring Mountain, high above St. Helena and its madding crowds, Terra Valentine commands sweeping vistas of Napa Valley. Wood paneling and stained-glass windows, including an homage to wine god Dionysus, adorn the churchlike winery. After a 15-minute tour of the production area, guests sit down in the stately tasting room with an educator—a welcome respite if your legs are tired from standing at other area tasting bars. Cabernet is the specialty, and there are some good mid-price wines to choose from. The K Block cab is rich with mocha, cherry, and leather, with a velvety finish. The L Block is the deepest and biggest, but it needs to rest a few years. All are beautifully balanced. Book a late-morning appointment: You'll sample the wines with cheese and chocolate, a perfect snack before lunch. Tasting fee $20, appointment required.
Open daily 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.