Today's post will cover two wineries since we didn't have a tour at either one. Seghesio is in St. Helena and Silver Oaks has two locations - we went to the one in the Alexander Valley. They even gave us a wine glass after the tasting, so I had to figure out how to pack my suitcase so it wouldn't break on the flight home.
Seghesio is known for its Zinfandels, but that's not the only wine they make. Seghesio has been around for 120 years, established by Italian immigrants, so their wines range from Italian whites, Italian reds, Zinfandels, and red blends. I think their tastings rotate because the day's tastings are written on a chalkboard outside the tasting room.
2011 Dutton-Manzana Pinot Noir
2012 Rock Pile Zinfandel
2012 Home Ranch Zinfandel
2010 Il Cinghiale Petite Sirah
The Arneis is a white wine and I liked that since it was similar to Fort Ross's Chardonnay. It was a light white that had a crisp flavor and would be good for a summer wine. OK, I liked all the wines we tasted there, but my favorites were the Arneis and the Petite Sirah.
Since Seghesio was in the morning and our tour at Lytton Springs didn't start until 2, we had plenty of time to get lunch and go to another tasting. Silver Oak wasn't planned, but there are so many vineyards, and some don't require reservations.
Silver Oak is a single-vineyard, and we tasted 4 different Cabs:
2010 Alexander Valley
2007 Alexander Valley
2010 Napa Valley
2007 Napa Valley
I will be honest, I thought the 2010 Alexander Valley Cab was quite harsh. The 2007 was much better, so it's obvious the 2010 wine needed to age more. The Napa Valley cabs were both quite good, so 3/4 on my report card.
One fun things the tasting room had was a wine library. There is a bottle of every vintage ever made.