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“Great tour and wonderful wines” 5 of 5 stars
Review of O'Brien Estate Winery

O'Brien Estate Winery
1200 Orchard Avenue, Napa, CA 94558
+1 707-252-8463
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Ranked #1 of 148 things to do in Napa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: O'Brien Estate covers 40 acres in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. From grape growing to bottling, the entire winemaking process is managed at the estate. The vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Our wines have received many awards, including a recent 96 point score for our 2012 Unrestrained Reserve Bordeaux Blend. We are by appointment only. Please call (707)252-VINE(8463) to inquire about our experiences.
Kent, Washington
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“Great tour and wonderful wines”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We arrived a little early for our tour, and so they set us up in the garden with a glass of wine (and a great view) while we waited. When it was time, Tyler gave us a terrific tour explaining general vineyard information, wine making information, and specific information about the O'Brien winery. Tasting as we toured made for a special experience. Their library of wines is not overly large, but full of heart and great stories!

Visited October 2013
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“Amazing wine and people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This was the last tour of our day and it was amazing. We sat with Barbara O'brien and talked about life and wine. We heard the great stories of how the winery came to be and her husbands love of poetry......and of course drank some exceptional, small production, wines. I generally do not like Merlot, but was shocked at how good the O'brien Merlot was......bought 3 bottles on the spot and they are to this day the only 3 merlots in my cellar. The cabs are equally amazing. My wife joined the club, which is hilarious because it's so unlike her. Great wine and people while sitting in a vineyard. Life is good!

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“nice but left a bad taste”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is a small winery which has a nice tour set up however you will be paired with other people. They do not do one on one like some of the other smaller places. The wine was good but did not overly excite us. We were however excited to find an old vine for sale that we wanted for a wall in our home. While i felt it was a bit overpriced I bought it anyway because this was the only place I had seen them. When I spoke to the gentleman about getting it shipped, I confirmed it would be well packaged to avoid breaking... his reply was not to worry, if it broke that had plenty more to replace it. I felt it was a comment in poor taste. Hopefully the one we picked out makes it back to MD safe and unharmed.

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“Jewel of Napa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

This vineyard was recommended by our hotel. We were looking for a vineyard that would tell us about the wine making process. We got that and much more. Richard our tour guide told us the story of the vineyard owners and how they became wine makers while we sampled their delicious wines. He was knowledgeable about the wine making process and answered all our questions. This vineyard is a jewel in the Napa Valley. Highly recommend making an appointment for a tour and tasting.

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“Small Quantity - High Quality Winery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Got there an hour early but were accommodated with kindness. Tyler, a young local who knew more about wine than I ever will, was out guide. He explained the process of winemaking and the winery's unique perspective on making excellent, affordable wines.

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