One word: Fustercluck.
Somehow, becoming overpriced STILL doesn't deter the hordes and masses from congregating here, especially on weekends. (Maybe, MAYBE, you will fare better on a weekday or during the off-season ie. dead of winter)
We are locals, and V. Sattui was the final stop on my very first visit to Napa, some 15 years ago... and on many visits since. Partly because I am a local, and partly because they have some unique offerings of fortified wines and decent (and more reasonably priced) whites, we have bought a few cases here over the last few years, and became wine members... but that's about to change:
1) Way, way too busy. Just too many people (including throngs of little children running all over the place -- NOT what I want when I want to go relax at a winery)
2) Prices are going up too much. When I first started coming here 15 years ago, tastings were FREE. Then, as times went on, they added a tasting fee (fair enough), but it was more reasonable than most of the Valley, at (I think) $10. Now it is $20 per person, on par with just about anywhere else...
And the wines themselves are often overpriced for what they are. Some of the whites are lesser-known Alsace/German varietals we enjoy (Riesling, Gewurztraminer), and those are somewhat reasonable in price (currently $25-$30... not a bargain, but affordable)... but none of the reds are anything special, especially not for the pricetag (usually $40+)
We also like some of their fortified/dessert wines, BUT...
3) They are sold out of their good Port (the 1998 Port) -- this was a full-size (750 mL) bottle of excellent aged ruby port for $55. They have replaced it with a much lower-grade (more oxidized/tawny) 15-year port, while also (deceptively) raising the pricetag to $66/bottle (It is deceptive, because it is $44/bottle, but the bottle size is now only 500 mL.)
Maybe I'd pop back in again, on a Wednesday, on a rainy day in January, HOPING not to deal with the herds of people and the sub-par-but-overpriced-wines... but maybe not, since their prices are rapidly skyrocketing (looks like they are increasing about 20% per year these days...)
Not worth it.
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