Funny, funny name. "Chateau Boswell" just makes me giggle a bit.
Another bicycle ride, more beautiful fall colors (it's strange to see some vineyards are now leafless, while across the road the vines are still green), another small producer with an "open" sign at the driveway.
Brand new, baby cab-this small winery's first attempt at non-estate Cab.
This one will be a beauty, in my humble opinion. Given that drinking this now was infanticide-it had been in the bottle five months, basically. Still, the layers of complexity in this lovely Beckstoffer IV Cab, the winemaker said this was their first non-estate cab, suggest this will be a classic. Nice dark, ripe black fruit up front, but wait, this is no simple fruit bomb. Multiple layers of herbal savory goodness on the back of palette. Some American oak was used, so there was just a whisper of "caramel" toasted oak notes-but by no means were they dominant or at all annoying.
A very congenial place, small, tucked away tasting room in the middle of a working winery. The winemaker himself was doing the tastings on a Sunday. If the gentleman who was planning to vist Napa reads this thread, I would add this small winery on northern Silverado Trail (east of Saint Helena) to his "visit" list.
...(Humans) are unique in our capacity to construct realities at utter odds with reality. Dogs dream and dolphins imagine, but only humans are deluded. –Jacob Bacharach