My wife and I had a 10:00 am booking for a tour and tasting on Aug 1, 2011. Of all the tours/tasting we had booked on this trip, I was really looking forward to Hall as it had been recommended to me by several friends.
The drive up to Hall is a great drive, up the mountain on the windy Rutherford Hill Rd. Bring your camera! We gave ourselves enough time to ensure we were not late for the booking and arrived at the gate at 9:30am. Once at the gate we called up on the intercom and the gentleman that answered literally laughed at me and said we were really early (ya, no kidding), then the gate opened. We drove up to the building and were welcomed with a glass Sauvignon Blanc.
The building is absolutely stunning. While waiting for the tour we enjoyed our wine and the view of the valley.
The tour began with a brief history of the Hall's life and how they ended up in the Napa valley. A very interesting story to say the least. From the main building we walked outside by the vineyards and around to the back of the building to the entrance to the cave. The cave is what you would expect (if you have seen a cave at other wineries), with the exception of the art that can be found throughout. While walking through the cave I asked our guide if they offer barrel tastings. His reply was "why would anyone want to offer that?" in a very condescending tone. He went on to say that the wine isn't ready when it's in the barrel so why would you want to try it? In other words, he was knocking all the wineries that offer the barrel tasting as a "learning experience". By this time I was getting very annoyed with our guide and his "blank" doesn't stink attitude.
Moving along with the tour, we walked to the end of the cave where you will find the tasting room. I have one world to describe this room. Wow! You can see pictures from previous reviews or on their website but pictures do not do this room justice. It was here that we all sat and sampled the wine. We had three samplings on this day. The 2008 Hall Cabernet, the 2007 Bergfeld Cabernet and the 2007 Kathryn Hall Cabernet. All were very good, especially the Bergfeld.
While sampling the wines the guide talked about each and the history of the wines. At one point I asked a question that unknown to me had been discussed already. Well, let me tell you, our guide made it clear that I was wasting his time. His reply was, "well I'm not going to tell you if you weren't paying attention". Really? Wow.
Once the tasting was complete we had the opportunity to purchase some wine. We had decided on a bottle of the Bergfeld at $100.00 per. The guide was in such a rush to kick us out the door that he didn't even give us a receipt for the wine. It felt like our purchase of one bottle insulted him and at that point he just wanted us to leave.
Overall, I would recommend Hall despite the crappy attitude that our guide had displayed. It was obvious he was having a bad day. The wines are fantastic and the grounds are stunning.
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