Kenzo Estate 3200 Monticello Rd., Napa, (877) 977-7704, (707) 259-5408. Tasting tour by appt.
Set on 4,000 stunning acres on the slopes of Mt. George, this winery is the vision of Japanese video game pioneer Kenzo Tsujimoto. Visitors with an appointment are given a code to enter the serene gated property, then enjoy a pleasant ride through the bucolic estate to the tasting room. Several tours are available that include tasting four of the upscale wines, including the $75 signature Rindo--a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The $30 tasting is a 1-ounce pour with a few palate-clearing tidbits, the $50 tasting includes a 2-ounce pour and a small charcuterie/cheese plate, and the $60 tasting includes a lunch pairing from chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon. Visitors are welcome to relax and enjoy the property after their tour and tasting.
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