Signorello Estate: A Luxury Food and Wine Experience
Very few wineries offer lunch experiences that one can book without having to go through an event planner, plan months in advance and make sure you are a group of eight or more because of food minimums. However with a state of the art kitchen at his fingertips, Chef Michael Pryor has been able to create a Five Course "Enoteca" experience paired with Signorello Estate Wines, available for groups of 4, 6 or 8!
Upon arrival to Signorello we were greeted with a taste of their 2014 Vielles Vigne Chardonnay and one of the most gorgeous views in the Napa Valley. You look over their infinity pool onto the valley floor and all of Oak Knoll and Stags Leap Districts. We were quickly whisked away on their brand new golf carts for a tour of the property. We got to see the vineyards from a completely different angle, looking over the back of the property, a view of the Vaca mountain range, one that most people don't get to see! That was a truly special treat!
Back at the Estate we were seated in a private room just off the kitchen with glass walls so you could see what was going on in the tasting room, but the glass easily cancels out any noise! Our host Ron was amazing and a wealth of knowledge. He is a level three Sommelier who worked at some of the best restaurants in SF and then eventually made his way to quiet little Napa for a easier going commute and better schedule (9 - 5 baby!)..Definitely ask for him as your host if he is available - you will be very pleased!
Signorello Estate wines are sold via allocation or directly at the winery. They have some wines available in the market place, and or restaurants, but the only way to truly guarantee your self is to get on their allocation list! Robert Parker's Wine Advocate recently gave them 98 points for their Hope Vineyard Chardonnay which we were able to taste :) Their Chardonnay is just one of the great wines they make that scored exceptionally with Robert Parker over the years, they also produce Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon!
Below is a view into the exact items we indulged in on our trip to Signorello, however based on seasonality the items could change, as well as based on which wines are available for sale! The entire experience with wine pairing is $175 per person, which is an absolute steal in the world of food and wine pairings - especially when 95 - 98 point wines are included! I would highly suggest putting Signorello Estate on your radar for your next visit to the Napa Valley! Inquire HERE!
First Course: Roasted Asparagus Salad, Poached Egg, Crispy Speck, Brown Cow Parmigiano and Brioche Croutons. Paired with 2014 Seta Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion Blend - current 2015 vintage received 95 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
Tasting Notes: This blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon opens with aromas of white peach, caramel and citrus. The full bodied palate has gentle spices with hints of cantaloupe, honeydew melon and vanilla. The minerality is silky and seductive with perfectly balanced acidity.
Second Course: Fresh and Smoked Salmon Cake, Baby Greens, Lemon Vinaigarette and Whole Grain Mustard Remoulade. Paired with 2014 Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay - 94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
Tasting Notes: This wine presents loads of steely white currant, poached pear and apple butter, with a prominent minerality that compliments a beautifully sustained finish.
Third Course: Pepper Corn Seared Duck Breast, Spinach, Lentil Ragout and Zoe's Bacon. Paired with 2013 Pinot Noir "Las Amigas" (not available for purchase online, but ask them for it when you are there!)
Tasting Notes: Las Amigas is a vineyard owned by Francis Mahoney in the Carneros Region. They are affected by a coastal influence and a general cooler climate, creating a very terrior driven pinot noir. You can taste earth, black fruits, tobacco, anise and mushroom. I personally LOVE anything coming out of Carneros because it reminds me of my families lineage. I am a 5th generation carneros native and have been drinking Pinot Noir's from the region since I turned 18 and started tasting wines!
Fourth Course: Tagliatelle With Braised Lamb Sugo, Porcini Mushrooms, Garden Herbs and Pecorino Romano
Tasting Notes: 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous wine, with hints of cherry cola, cassis, black cherry, dried herbs and soft tannins, it paired perfectly with the rich meaty lamb sugo. The combination of garden herbs, lamb, mushrooms and fatty cheese gave way for a perfect compliment to the terrior presented in the wine and the bright acidity that cut through the fattiness of the dish! My mouth is watering, thinking about it and the wine!
Fifth Course: Grilled Snake River Farms Flat Iron Steak, Brown Butter Squash, Buttermilk Onion Rings and Salmorejo Sauce.
Tasting Notes: 2013 Padrone Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The Padrone is the best wine that they make at Signorello Estate, it is completely allocated and it's not hard to see why. The rich mouthfeel, dark black fruits, tobacco and full tannins make this a wine that will age well for years to come. It was bold enough to stand up next to the Salmorejo sauce, which had just enough spice in it, without being considered "spicy," truly a perfect pairing in my book.
The best way to end this experience is sitting out on their deck with a glass of wine, taking in this gorgeous view! I personally enjoy the fact that they don't end with dessert because in reality, sweets and wine just really aren't the perfect pairing, regardless of what anyone says. Winemakers will always go savory, every time! Like I said before, make sure to jot down right now, Signorello Estate Enoteca ! You will be very happy you did!
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