For those who aren’t locals here, the appellations of Napa, Napa County, and Napa Valley can be a bit confusing, to say the least. The city of Napa, for example, is located near the southern edge of Napa County, which sits almost due north of San Francisco across San Pablo Bay.
Calistoga, also in Napa County, proudly sits at the northern tip of what is known as Napa Valley, which lies within the borders of the county.
Getting to Napa Valley
A good description of the location and geography of Napa Valley is found at VinePair.com,
“This strip of land that runs up the middle of the county is what most people mean when they are talking about Napa’s wine-growing region. In 1981, Napa Valley became the first AVA, or American Viticultural Area, designated in California, and there are currently 16 sub-appellations within it. Napa Valley’s geographic footprint is relatively small — just 30 miles long and five miles across at its widest point, about a third of the size of the entire county — but the region produces some of the world’s most coveted wines. Varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are virtually synonymous with Napa Valley, but winemakers here also produce Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc, among others.”
In addition, there are two main roads that run north-south in Napa Valley: Highway 29, which goes through Napa Valley’s most prominent communities such as Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga; and the Silverado Trail, known locally as “the Trail,” and runs east of Highway 29.
Sitting at the head of Napa Valley, it is only natural that Cal Mart carries a wide variety of world-class Napa Valley wines. From cabernet sauvignon to merlots, from zinfandels to chardonnays, here is an overview of some of the great wines you can get at Cal Mart.
8 Great Napa Valley Wines You Can Find at Cal Mart in Calistoga
1. Long Meadow Ranch 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Inviting with a vibrant purple hue and a complexity of varietal aromas of blackberry, plum, cocoa nibs, green coffee, and fennel. On the palate, layered oak components of vanilla and cedar balance tenderly with soft tannins and the mouthwatering acidity that give this classic a fresh, lingering finish.
2. Freemark Abbey 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby in color, flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, and Bing cherry dominate with nuances of milk chocolate, chocolate berry truffle dusted with cocoa powder, aromatic cedar and Herbs de Provence. The body is very full, with a soft entry, coupled with dark cherry flavors that develop from start to finish. With great texture and pleasant mouthfeel, this cabernet is full-bodied, rich, and opulent.
3. Beaulieu Vineyard 2017 Napa Valley Merlot
Intriguing nuances of dark chocolate and dried Marasca cherries layer the ripe plum and blackberry notes of the Napa Valley Merlot. As you swirl the wine, you’ll also discover hints of black mission fig and licorice. On the palate, the textured flavors are plush and graceful, yet with ample structure. A year of aging in oak barrels sourced from three different counties added hints of sweet oak spices and espresso.
4. Whitehall Lane 2016 Napa Valley Merlot
Candied black cherries and pomegranates burst out of this wine aromatically, coupled with graphite, cocoa dust, fresh tobacco leaf, cherry cola, baked croissant, and toasted vanilla. On the palate, this Merlot has fine, firm tannins alongside red currants, strawberry rhubarb pie, raspberry coulis, toasted walnuts, leather, and spice. It is supple in texture and shows attractive depth on the finish.
5. Frank Family Vineyards 2018 Napa Valley Zinfandel
Fragrant earthiness lies beneath rich black cherry and plum flavors in this full-bodied, deep-colored wine. Mocha, cardamom, and baked cherry enhance the wine’s refreshing acidity and powerful tannins find harmony on the lingering finish.
6. Napa Cellars 2017 Zinfandel
Grapes for the Napa Cellars 2017 Zinfandel are hand-selected from vineyards in the warmer areas of Napa Valley… The partial use of new oak helps preserve the big Zinfandel flavors, while still imparting warm, spicy characteristics to create an elegant and balanced wine.
7. Grgich Hills Estate 2018 Napa Valley Chardonnay
This 2018 Chardonnay, Napa Valley exhibits an extraordinary balance of citrus fruit on the front palate with minerality and depth of flavors on the mid-palate. The aftertaste is harmonious and lingers well beyond expectation.
8. Duckhorn Vineyards 2018 Napa Valley Huichica Hills Vineyard Chardonnay
This Chardonnay comes from the historic Huichica Hills Vineyard in the cool heart of Carneros. Fermented on the lees in the finest French oak, the result is a crisp, mineral-driven wine, alluring layers of Anjou pear, white nectarine and citrus blossom.
Cal Mart: Your Source for Napa Valley Wines in Calistoga
Cal Mart has been a family-owned and independent grocery store in Calistoga for over half a century. In those more than five decades customers have always had a unique and enjoyable shopping experience with us and continue to do so today.
Known for decades as “Napa Valley’s Finest Grocery” we believe that it is our love for what we do and our commitment to service that makes Cal Mart a memorable shopping experience.
Cal Mart is home to a great delicatessen, a gourmet cheese department, a tantalizing selection of specialty foods items that are unique and hard to find, as well as our extensive craft beer selection.
Of course, we also provide a generous and eclectic selection of quality fine wines.
Looking for that special something to give to a friend or loved one? We offer beautiful gift baskets that make for a charming way to give a bottle or two of fine wine. In addition, we have a vibrant collection of flowers and plants for any occasion.
And much, much more! We invite you to make it a point to stop by and take time to explore all that we have to offer. While you’re here, please feel free to talk with our knowledgeable staff and then treat yourself to one of our refreshing smoothies made with organic ingredients.
Cal Mart in beautiful downtown Calistoga – where you will always find something unexpected, unusual, and uncommon!