These are the same folks that make Clif Bar and Luna energy bars. A few years back they established the Clif Bar Family winery in the Napa Valley. We visited on Tuesday and taste tested these two wines that are on sale for $6 a bottle when you buy a half or full case. The 2011 vintage for both the Climber White and Climber Red are out, so the 2010 vintage needs to be cleared out. The normal retail price for each of these wines is $14.00. Although the winery is located in the Napa Valley, both of these wines are made from grapes outside the Napa Valley.
The Climber White
This is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Riesling, 7% Viognier, and 1% Muscat Blanc. This is a very nice, clean white wine with gentle citrus flavors. If you like the New Zealand style wine, like a Kim Crawford, this one is not for you. It is a more restrained S.B. and reminds me of more French in style than any S.B. from California. This is an 87-point wine in my book. Buy it at $6 a bottle from the winery and, even with the shipping charges, it is a good bargain white wine.
The Climber Red
This is a medium-bodied wine, maybe just a tad less than medium, with nice red and blue fruit flavors. When I first tasted this wine, I was a little disappointed because it just did not have a lot of depth. That changed when we opened a bottle for dinner with some fajitas. In some ways it reminded me of some of the lighter Italian wines we tried while in Italy a year ago. The wine is a blend of 50% Zinfandel, 36% Cab Franc, 6% Petit Sirah, 5% Cab, and 3% Merlot. We also give this wine 87 points. How can you go wrong for $72 a case?
As of Tuesday, September 18, 2012, the Clif Family Winery had a good supply of both of these wines available. You can order and have them delivered with shipping costs or better yet, why not take a little day trip up to St. Helena in the Napa Valley? Take your own taste test and enjoy the unique Velo Vino tasting room at the Clif Family Winery.