Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Napa Valley’s Winemaker of the year, Jamieson Ranch’s Winemaker, Linda Trotta.
The best word to describe Linda is effervescent. Linda has an undergraduate degree in Enology from UC Davis and, interestingly, a degree in Italian Art History from Universita degli Studi do Padova. Because, as Linda said, what should you study when in Italy? Art history of course!
Her easygoing personality, combined with her knowledge and creativity, has created some pretty amazing works of art—in the bottle.
2016 Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley
I loved Double Lariat when I tried a previous vintage, and I love the vintage, finished by Linda, as well. There is a difference. The 2016 flavors are more lifted and food friendly, whereas the earlier vintage, was a bit heavier and sweeter. Both vintages are excellent and Linda’s hand at editing the 2016 to reflect the grapes’ best qualities for that vintage, while still retaining the strong backbone and structure present in the earlier vintage, is genius. The Double Lariat retails at about $50. If you see it on sale for less? Stock up.
2017 Reata Three County Pinot Noir
Linda’s baby from beginning to end, and sourced from three unique areas, the flavors of the 2017 Reata Pinot Noir dance on your tongue. With an almost even split of grapes from Sonoma, San Benito, and Monterey County, this is both a food friendly wine and a wine you can have on its own. My suggestion? Enjoy it with appetizers or light snacks. It’s an absolute steal at under $22 a bottle.
I also tasted a yummy chardonnay—but that write up will wait until fall 😉, as it really was a wonderful autumn wine.
When asked what Linda’s “Desert Island Wine” would be, her answer was Champagne, perfectly matching her sparkling personality. Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to taste her creation of Jamieson Ranch’s sparkling wines and when I do, I’ll share those with you too.