This week we visited the Quixote Winery which is in the Stags Leap District of Napa valley. From Silverado Trail, we entered to a small road which ends up in a very pretty valley surrounded by hills, and just from there I started to feel the difference of this place.
When we actually arrived to Quixote Winery, I started to live in a fairytale, I felt like I was somewhere in between the Wonderland of Alice and Magic lamp of Aladdin. This unique architecture together with the landscape brings together wine and art in a very eccentric way. The architecture is the design of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, you can read all the details of the style of this work of art from: www.quixotewinery.com
In the entrance, Francis Clancey, Wine Sales & Marketing Specialist, welcomed us with 3 glasses and a bottle of their rose wine, Rosé of Petite Sirah 2015. (Petite Sirah is also known as Durif in some of the sources.) To be honest, it was the first time that I was drinking a rosé wine from this variety. It first dazzled with its pretty dark pink color which shines in the glass. In the nose, it is full of fresh red fruits and fruit candies, than the fruitiness continues in the mouth while it slightly tickles your tongue with its acidity. I just loved it.
We started to walk around the winery and ended up in a terrace with a breathtaking view of the vineyard. Here, Francis Clancey gave us some more information about the vineyard of Quixote which is only 27 acres (around 11 hectares). They give special attention to each plant, vine per vine, by using the advantage of having a small vineyard. Also, the different types of soil and special microclimate thanks to the surrounding hills gives specialty to this vineyard, in which there are only 5 varieties planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc.
Here we tasted another wine, which is Quixote Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. In this wine I could easily feel the high quality healthy grapes that were picked in the exact maturity point since it was really impressive with fresh red fruits aromas and it was really smooth in the mouth.
After the vineyard, we continued our journey in the winery, where they have their wooden tanks. At that point, we had the chance to meet Damon Bailey, the winemaker of Quixote and we asked him some questions about the winemaking activities. As we started to ask questions about the barrels, he offered to accompany us to the barrel room and he made us a tasting straight from the barrels. I really appreciated their transparency and of course hospitality.
In the nice atmosphere of the barrel room with their colorful barrels, we also tasted Quixote Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 which is in a magnum bottle of 1.5 liters.
Finally we passed to tasting room, where we tasted their famous Petite Sirah wines, from 2010 and 2012. They were both really good. 2010 was full of red fruits as blackberry and cherry together with olives and hints of spices, in the mouth it was completely balanced with good strenght and persistency. 2012 was even more fruity and very complex with violet, licorice and earthy aromas in the end.
I spent a really good time in Quixote Winery: Nice atmosphere with unique design of the winery, natural beauty of the vineyard, well-made and absolutely tasty wines. It was quite hard to leave this fairytale and going back to reality!
Thanks again to Damon Bailey and Francis Clancey for everything.
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