Overall Rating: 7.800

Address: 6526 Yount St.
Cross Street(s): Finnell Rd., in the Bardessono Hotel
City, State ZIP: Yountville, CA 94599
Phone: 707.204.6000
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.80
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Royal Doulton
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 05/29/2010
First Reviewed: 02/13/2010
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This is a bizarre place: heavy on the spa, heavy on the LEED building certification, heavy on the sculpture and running water, and certainly heavy on the price tag. Inside an odd block of luxury hotel units is the hotel bar and restaurant. In the marketing materials out front, they espouse the virtues of James Freeman and Blue Bottle Coffee - which they serve here. Fortunately, they largely deliver on the promise through equipment and service that meets generally high standards. Inside a small-but-fancy bar lounge with a gas fireplace, there's a two-group La Marzocco Linea at the end of the bar. The barista is a true barista, or bartender, and pulls natural double shots with a medium-to-dark brown crema. The resulting shot is fragrant and flavorful - with a great herbal pungency and some spice. The great aftertaste and body make this arguably the best espresso shot in town.