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.

Lewis-Wines

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

My Visit

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.

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