I know exactly why Lewis Cellars made my list! I was served a glass of their 2017 Reserve Chardonnay at The French Laundry last fall. It was love at first sip as I enjoyed their super creamy and luscious chardonnay – one I would expect out of Napa. So, when I sought out wineries to visit, Lewis Cellars quickly made the list. Sadly, they’ve just run out of that 2017 Reserve Chardonnay. The 2018 is being released in a few weeks and I’ve been promised I will love it.
Lewis Cellars is located on what I now call “race car lane” directly across from Andretti Winery. If you’re into Indy car racing, you may be familiar with Randy Lewis. I am not an avid follower, so I didn’t recognize the name. But, Randy Lewis had a nice career racing cars for a living before retiring to make wine. Their website didn’t provide a ton of history. However, I enjoyed hearing all about it from David this morning. Their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (not their reserve) was the #1 rated wine in 2016 by Wine Spectator. The trophy is even on display in the tasting room. I guess there’s a reason their wine is being served at The French Laundry.
I found all four of the wines I was served to be wonderful and affordable for the quality. However, I really enjoyed their 2018 Napa Chardonnay and 2017 Alec’s Blend the most. They’re definitely daily drinkers in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I thought their cabernets were lovely, but I’m building quite the selection of amazing 2016 Cabernet Sauvignons. And I don’t drink a lot of Cabernet Sauvignon.
- 2018 Napa Chardonnay
- 2017 Alec’s Blend (Napa Valley)
- 2017 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
When I made my reservations, David and I had the opportunity to chat about how I’d come to find them. He asked my preferences. And, I was excited to see he was doing my tasting. We had a great visit and he provided some great suggestions that I look into researching.
It was a private, seated tasting. There were no bells and whistles. But it was relaxed, casual, and comfortable. Their winery is easy to pass by! In fact, I did…..twice! I pulled out my reservation notes and quickly identified their location that sat back off of the road in a grey and blue chateau.