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2017 Vintage ReserveSonoma Valley
The 2017 growing season was ideal, combining the best conditions from the previous '14 and '15 vintages.
Explosive blue and black fruits are complimented by hints of violets, cocoa powder, dried lavender and wild mountain sage. Rich and decadent upon entry with flavors of chocolate covered blueberries, cassis, and a significant amount of weight, yet nerve, throughout. Dark, structured and graceful with a velvety mid-palate and mouth-watering acidity that carries through its long, persistent finish. This beauty is a hand selected, meticulously crafted, cool climate Cabernet that is only beginning to show what it is capable of and will continue to improve with age for well over 20 years.
Since 1981, the Bundschu family has crafted a limited bottling of the vintage's most elegant and expressive vines with the designation Vintage Reserve. Winemaker Keith Emerson selects individual barrels to blend a wine that showcases the distinctive character of Cabernet-family grapes grown on the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountain Range. Our 161+ year old estate vineyard lies eight miles north of San Pablo Bay on steep, shallow soils of volcanic ash and tufa, exposed to pervasive maritime breezes, long daylight hours and extreme diurnal temperature shifts. Top blocks are farmed specifically for Vintage Reserve that yield 2.5 tons/acre. Lots sourced from other high elevation sites in Sonoma Valley add weight to the midpalate and a juicy component to the well-structured Cabernet Sauvignon from our cooler climate estate vineyard.
Six lots hand- and optically-sorted and gravity fed to fermentation vessels.
Five day cold soak; D254 and indigenous yeast strains
26-28 days maceration
Extraction through gentle pump-overs
- Wine Type:
- Red Wine
- Vintage Reserve
- Varietal Composition:
- 78% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 18% Malbec
- 2% Petit Verdot
- 2% Merlot
- Sonoma Valley
- TA: 5.6 g/100mL
- Barrel Aging:
- 20 months
100% French oak, 65% new
Taransaud, Quintessence, Ermitage and Demptos
- 20 months
- Alcohol %:
Retail $125.00 | 15-20% off for Bacchus Club Members