Clos Pegase, Napa County

by Stevie on June 15, 2011

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welcome to Clos Pegase

welcome to Clos Pegase

I’ve been agonizing for weeks over what to write about Clos Pegase. Finally, I realized my struggle derives from the most obvious of things: there really isn’t much to criticize about this remarkable winery. Located in the northern end of Napa Valley, right across from Sterling, it makes a wine country excursion with sex-appeal.

The love-child of Jan and Mitsuko Shrem, (Jan made his fortune in publishing in Japan, where he met Mitsuko), this place offers high quality wine in a setting of magnificent art and architecture. The winery site says that Jan, in collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, held a competition to design the winery and the couple’s home on the large property as a “temple to wine and art.” In that, the architect, Michael Graves, succeeded brilliantly.

There are many large contemporary sculptures scattered around the winery and along the edges of vineyards. Inside the building itself are many thrilling paintings. Some of these end up on the colorful labels of select Clos Pegase bottlings. All of the art comes from the Shrem private collections.

hello from Clos Pegase

hello from Clos Pegase

is it called red

is it called red?

modern art meets managed nature at Clos Pegase

modern art meets managed nature at Clos Pegase

Ah, that is the life, don’t you think? Rich, happy in love, owning a fabulous art collection and an entire winery. Where do I sign up? Actually, I already have item two… but you know what I mean.

We tried several wines, all of which were good to very good. This place is worth a return trip.

yes, there really is wine here, too

yes, there really is wine here, too

2009 Sauvignon Blanc: This is transparent pale yellow with lots of exciting peach, pear and grapefruit notes on an almost creamy body.

2007 Hommage Chardonnay: A transparent honey yellow, much more creamy than the first, with lots of yellow fruit and not over-done.

2007 Syrah: Opaque purple with a nose of tobacco, spice box leading to a fruity core with supple tannins.

2007 Pegaso: This is a blend of zinfandel, syrah and petite sirah. This was an opaque red to purple with creamy texture, red and black stone fruit, full bodied wine.

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon: 100% cab, this dark opaque wine was rich in fruit without being overbearing, had hints of forest floor, with medium to full body, supple tannins and a decent finish.

We decided “it’s the new old world here” after enjoying these restrained expressions of California terroir. See for yourselves. You won’t be sorry.

thumbs up for Clos Pegase

thumbs up for Clos Pegase

this is so cool!

this is so cool!

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Heavenly Housewife June 15, 2011 at 7:31 am

I love it when food and art combine. It is the most awesome combo (hence cake & culture idea).
*kisses* HH
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hamptontoes June 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Adding art into the mix makes for pure goodness! I am wondering about that red piece. There is a sculpture quite like it (same material and presence) on the way to the Hamptons. Hmmm. Also, the thumb sticking up makes me laugh…it is like saying, good job cultivating the earth!
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Shelley June 16, 2011 at 6:41 am

You weren’t kidding wheb you said they have it all- wine, art, architecture, and love. I love that the bottle labels feature art as well- are those pictures of pieces from their collection?
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Krista June 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm

What a fun place to visit. 🙂 I love places that surprise you with conventional pairings in an unconventional setting.
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Faith June 17, 2011 at 7:07 am

What a great place! It must have been fun to check out that fantastic art that is everywhere while enjoying your wine. I’m in love with those colorful labels!
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Patricia Herz September 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I would like to know the names of the artists whose works are shown at the Clos Pegase winery.

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