Here is an interesting winery in more ways than one. It’s hidden, historic, family-owned, and along with barrels of aging wine, there are barrels of aging balsamic vinegar. Terraces is located on the Silverado Trail but tucked away from view. To find the winery, visitors need to know the address on Silverado to find the gate and know the code to open the gate. All this can be arranged by calling the owner and winemaker Timm Crull. We called Timm and arranged for a visit to Terraces at Quarry Vineyards. Timm met us inside the gate and off we went in his four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicle to tour the grounds. We made several stops along the way, learning the colorful history of the winery and viewing various hillside vineyards. At the winery, Timm poured us an ample taste of his Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Both of these wines are outstanding and well worth the price of $28 and $45 respectively. We also got a sneak preview of some aging Petite Sirah in the barrel. Wow!
After the wine tasting, we ended the tour by stopping at a small stone building where we were shown the balsamic vinegar cellar. Here, there are several small barrels made in Italy specifically for aging balsamic vinegar. We sampled a few different styles, already very tasty. Timm says they still have 12 to 25 years of aging to go. We hope we will be back to try the 25-year-old stuff when it is ready.
The Good: Unique and historic winery, balsamic vinegar, terrific views of the valley.
The Bad: Open by appointment only, not recommended for the novice visitor to the Napa Valley.