Rombauer: More Than Just Chardonnay

Having recently celebrating its 35th year, Rombauer Vineyards is perhaps still best known for its gregarious chardonnay - a statuesque white of bombastic largesse. Experimentation with their other varieties, however, is also consistently rewarding.

My first visit to their tasting room off the Silverado Trail was in the late 1990s. Since then they have continued to deliver approachability and quality, a tradition that is becoming more scarce in the wine business with every passing year. Visitors to the area should make it a point to put Rombauer on their list. Not only are the wines worth tasting through, but the view overlooking the valley benchlands is fantastic.

2014 Rombauer Vineyards Cabernet Napa Valley $55 (sample)
Archetypal Napa Valley Cabernet: Concentrated with loads of tannic-driven grip, yet clean, well-made, and delivering extroverted, elegant fruit. Not a drop out of place here. Approachable now, but with the guts to go some distance.  Fits the benchmark for high-quality Napa cab. What's not to like?