After the French vendange, Isabelle decided to venture to northern California for a month to improve her English AND to taste more wines for her upcoming new “Femivin” guide book. You can see some of her observations on her site at www.femivin.com. But we’ll share some of the highlights for you here in English, starting with a visit to Revana Family Vineyards on a rainy fall day in the Napa Valley.
2930 Saint Helena Hwy N
St. Helena, CA 94574-9701
Dr. Revana, a cardiologist in Houston with an interest in heart health AND wine - was born on a farm in India. His rural beginnings helped him to appreciate the laws of nature and understand the down to earth concept of relationships that resulted in his recent teaming up with wine rock star winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett, (and a respected vineyard manager Jim Barbour) resulting in a 2007 Cabernet that has earned great acclaim – from Decanter Magazine to in-the-know savvy drinkers. Even though his inspirational 9 acres in St. Helena were freshly planted in 1998, their efforts have yielded a winner out of the gate. Dr. Revana’s unwavering commitment is to create wines with exceptional qualities and we say – so far so good.
Heidi Barrett’s tasting notes:
“This wine is a delicious blend of our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Black Raspberry in color with aromas of blackberry, currant, and layers of sweet toasty French oak. Perfect ripeness allowed for a wine of great depth and structure, flavors that mirror the nose, and a wine that, while tasty now, will age beautifully. The mouth feel has a lovely combination of power with extreme silkiness and flavors that carry a long time in the finish. A great example from our Estate vineyard here in St. Helena.”
We also enjoyed Revana’s Sitar label made in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The first Sitar release is a 2008 Pinot Noir called Prelude, released in September 2010, is the first in a series of five year “limited editions.” Names to follow will be: Verse, Chorus, Finale and Encore. Each vintage will feature a work of art (Prelude label and matching lithograph is created by renowned artist and musician Thomas Arvid). If you are interested in ordering Sitar contact the winery ($570 per six-pack with only 500 allocations available). The first 500 secured allocations of the five-vintage series will receive a limited-edition lithograph of the final image.
When you visit the Revana tasting room it’s clear that the visual arts and handcrafted wines are connvivial companions. Highlights in the tasting room / art gallery include some masterpieces from Heidi’s own personal collection.
Keep posted for further visits with Spring Mountain, Boisset family’s Raymond and DeLoach plus a visit to the Big Sur Wine and Food Festival!