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Van Der Heyden Vineyards

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Rating: B
Apr 30th, 2005
4057 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558

Phone: 707 257 0130

Hours: Open 10am - 6pm

Club/Discounts: Periodic Discounts (4 Shipments of 3 Bottles)

Tasting Fees: $10

This is a small family owned and run winery on the Silverado Trail. The tasting room is hilarious - a tiny hut that looks like it was built about 40 years ago and would probably only fit about 5 people. When I turned up I was told that tastings were by appointment only; so I was given the appointment book to fill in my name! The person working the tasting room tried to explain to me that they charge $10 for tastings so that they can offer their wines for cheaper than they should be. After tasting the wines I didn't want to disappoint him by telling him he should be paying me to taste them.

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2001 Napa Valley Estate Chardonnay ($22)Rating: B-C
Apr 30th, 2005
Believe it or not but I really liked this Chardonnay - And that's coming from a "red only" taster ! What makes this Chardonnay unique is that they leave the fruit in the skins for 24 hours after the crush, which gets away from that typical "buttery" Chardonnay flavour Napa is famous for. Best value at the winery.
2000 Late Harvest Cabernet (375ml) ($50)Rating: B
Apr 30th, 2005
A dessert wine aged for 34 months. Not bad actually. I am more of a Port person but this is enjoyable. Definitely not worth $50 for 375ml
2000 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($50)Rating: A-B
Apr 30th, 2005
Get this: The 2000 Cab is the winery's current release! The wine is aged for an unheard of 43 months, but that is not necessarily a good thing. Terrible smell and taste.
2001 Estate Bottled Merlot ($35)Rating: A
Apr 30th, 2005
This is one of the worst smelling Merlots I've tried and the taste matches it. Avoid.

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