The Meritage Resort – Trinitas Wine Cellars
Yesterday was a ME day. I have been known for having the desire to turn off the rest of the world periodically and focus on my artistic and spiritual side.
I booked a day at the lovely Meritage Resort And Spa in downtown Napa. There I entered what is the only wine cave that also houses a spa. It was an absolutely decadent experience. I was able to go early enough and do some wine tasting at TRINITAS CELLARS before my massage.
I enjoyed the reserve tasting and was pleasantly surprised that all four wines were full of flavor and lived up to their descriptions in the wine notes. As an artist I love to create my own picture of words, but in this case chose to use their wine notes as the descriptions were so on point as to what I smelled and tasted in my glass! Layer upon Layer all of the beautiful notes synergistically became a symphony in my mouth. These wines spoke musically to me!!
The Latin word for Trinity, is the fundamental principle of Christianity. It symbolizes Sun, Soil & Humanity, which are the three ingredients evoking the perfect wine.
2009 Proprietors Reserve Chardonnay
“Our 2009 Proprietors Reserve Chardonnay is a blend of our owner and winemakers favorite Chardonnay Barrels of the 2009 Vintage. It is a perfect marriage of high-quality fruit and American wood barrels: The toast on the barrels is prominent, giving a crème brûlée character to the nose. Underneath the toast, you get the intense tropical fruit – pear, peach, lemon zest and citrus. The rich mid- palate, explodes with cinnamon toast, cream and butterscotch – which is a contribution to the length of time spent in the oak barrels.”
2008 Pinot Noir Carneros
“Aromatics of candied red fruit, vanilla, mocha, and campfire. It boasts flavors of baked red apples covered in butter and cinnamon with a rich entry and broad mid palate. The weight of the fore- and mid-palate over shadow the delicate dark chocolate finish which will lengthen with age.”
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
“Grown east of Highway 29 just south of Oakville Cross Road, our 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon displays aromatics of spiced plums, black cherry, vanilla and espresso. It has a rich entry reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries. Barrel aged 18 months in 57% new French oak.”
2007 Old Vine Mataro
Mataro, commonly referred to as Mouvèdre is one of our most esoteric varietals. It displays beautiful aromatics of black cherry, cola berry, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon. The mouth is full of juicy red fruit and its fleshy core carries though the long velvet finish. Dry farmed and meticulously grown by our favorite Oakley growers the Gonsalves family.
I was taken back by the fact that ALL four of these wines were amazing. This is not usual in most of my tasting experiences, so I had to include each one here.
The star on this day was the 2007 Old Vine Mataro. Mataro, is usually blended with other grapes, but was bottled alone here and I have to say was very surprising. Medium tannins explode midway then smooth to a nice finish. I found it very earth forward which I usually don’t prefer, but in this case the rich dark berries and creamy vanilla balance it out nicely.
In addition to the beautiful spa and stellar wines at The Meritage Resort – Trinitas Wine Cellars, there was wonderful art displayed in the cave, and I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Italian artist, Carla Almanza De Quant. She specializes in 17th Century inspired Venetian Masks and sculpture.
Thank you Jennifer Beasley for your warm hospitality. My hats off to Winemaker Kevin Mills and Trinitas Winery. I am inspired by the Art of Wine making and the passion that I felt and tasted in each of these wines. What a Blessing and a treat!!!
Please visit, you will be glad that you did.
Cin, Cin!, Salute!!!!!