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Sequoia Grove Vineyards

8338 St. Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573
(707) 944-2945

Tasting:   Open daily 10:30 to 5 pm
$10 tasting fee, $20 for reserve wines
10% case discount
  Tours by Appointment
  Underground Cellar
Price Range:   $20 to $100 per bottle
Established:   1980
Vineyards:   80 acres
  35,000 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes
Winery Dog:   Emma (Bernese Mountain Dog)

Sequoia Grove Vineyards Description

Sequoia Grove takes its name from the giant Sequoia trees that dominate the
25-acre estate on the Rutherford Bench. The winery is housed in an attractive
140-year-old barn that also houses their tasting room. A dozen massive puncheons (upright wooden casks) dominate the room and are used for storing wine.

The emphasis here is on Bordeaux-style wines that emphasize finesse and balance. As a boutique winery, Sequoia Grove produces a limited quantity of ultra-premium red wines, specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend for their flagship estate wine is 85 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 8 percent Cabernet Franc, 4 percent Merlot, 2 percent Petite Verdot and 1 percent Malbec.

To make their Cabernet Sauvignon, all grapes are selectively harvested and hand-sorted prior to crushing, then fermented in small-batch fermentors. After a gentle pressing, wines are transferred to 100-percent French oak, 55 percent of which is new. In the barrel the wines undergo secondary malolactic fermentation. Throughout the 22 months of barrel aging in French oak, the wine is carefully blended. The wine is then aged 16 months in the bottle prior to release.

The winery boasts having the first underground cellar in Napa Valley that hosts special VIP barrel-tasting events. Call for an appointment. Picnic facilities are also available.

Sequoia Grove Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Family Run
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Cabernet Sauvignon
Private Tasting
Picnic Sites
Wine Caves
Gift Shop
Barrel Sampling
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Sequoia Grove Vineyards Reviews

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Membership is worthwhile!
Vyralynne, Fremont
We love this place! We've been members for about 5 years (with a short hiatus during my pregnancy) and come up to visit maybe 3-4 times per year. The wines we get through the membership are incredible- I can always count on them to be something I'd be proud to bring to a party. When we visit, the tasting we get is always SO good- we can try much more than what's on the tasting menu. My 3 year old daughter loves it too- there is often a big, sweet dog for her to play with there, as well as breadsticks for her to eat. The staff are warm, welcoming, and just incredible. We've also been to a few events, which have been a whole lot of fun (although a little on the pricy side). All in all, this place is fantastic!

Staff Knowledge & Friendliness
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Very nice host
rbeck40, San Francisco
The host pouring the wines for us was very nice and very knowledgeable. It's true that a winery visit can hinge on good or bad customer service, and lady (from England) at Sequoia Grove was fantastic. The tasting room was nice and roomy, and being housed in a barn took away some of the pretentiousness you get at so many other Napa wineries. Their Chardonnays were great, but their Cabs were even better, and surprisingly good values for Napa. Will be returning to Sequoia next time I'm up that way.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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