Overall Rating: 7.550

Address: 6525 Washington St.
Cross Street(s): In the V Marketplace complex
City, State ZIP: Yountville, CA 94599
Phone: 707.945.1050
Hours: Tu-Th 11:30am-9:30pm; F-Sa 11:30am-10pm; Su 11:30am-9:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: BOSCO
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Villeroy & Boch
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 02/13/2010
First Reviewed: 02/13/2010
Notes: None

What a scene. Yountville has this curious affliction of always trying to be somewhere else - Italy, France, etc. This is decidedly Italy and emphasizes the brick-and-gardens look around it. And it seems that many of the daily wine tasters who patrol the Valley seeking out wineries that are more like night clubs and singles bars wind up here for dinner. This sometimes creates an odd cultural clash between people seeking a great dining experience and those who have never seen the head served on a fish before. As much as you can criticize the inauthenticity of Yountville, the food here is excellent and they admirably carry over that commitment to the coffee. Not easily satisfied with any other roaster, this Michael Chiarello restaurant seeks out Caffé Vita beans from Seattle - which also explains the exquisite two-group lever Bosco machine at their trendy bar. They serve their espresso shots with a thin, spotted, darker brown crema. While it isn't thick-bodied, it has a rich, deep flavor of spice, chocolate, and some pungency. There isn't much fruit and brightness in the cup, but this is a good pedigree espresso made with effort and care. Served in Bottega-logo Villeroy & Boch porcelain cups. Unlike the nearby faux French at the French Laundry, they took risks with their espresso here and it pays off. Milk-frothing is a bit stiff but is decent.