Robert Sinskey is likely a name you will recognize when talking about Napa Valley wines. After all, this self-proclaimed "contrarian" vintner has been producing notable wines in both Napa and Sonoma for over 20 years. Unschooled in viticulture, Sinskey followed his father into winemaking as a way of "helping out" and was quickly seduced into a lifelong passion.
The Sinskey approach is contrarian in that it puts land and earth over sales and profit. Quality over quantity. Both in the process and the produce.
The result is an amazing collection of supple and vibrant wines, especially the Point Of View collection which was crafted to express the very philosophies of the vineyard and the vintners.
Napa County Line is a subtly robust red. A 2005 cuvee of 80% lush Merlot fortified with a backbone of 20% Cabernet. Grown near the sea in Sinskey's Carneros Vineyards of Napa Valley, the 100% organic grapes were crafted into a lot of just 48 barrels.
We served this wine at a dinner party with roast beef tenderloin and found it to be a perfect match. The richness of the beef and the spicy ginger and garlic in the marinade brought out a light and playful side of the wine that was a delight to discover. Open it just a few minutes before dinner is served to give it just a tiny head start.
Robert Sinskey wines are available throughout the city in shops and restaurants, but I found this one at Sam's Wholesale Club for just $15! (A real value)
Pick up a bottle and we'll compare notes.