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2017 Vintage Reserve

Sonoma Valley

The 2017 growing season was ideal, combining the best conditions from the previous '14 and '15 vintages.

Retail $125.00 | 15-20% off for Bacchus Club Members

$125.00
 
$1500.00

Tasting NOTES

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.

Vineyard NOTES

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.

Production NOTES

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

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Vintage:
2017
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal:
Vintage Reserve
Varietal Composition:
  • 78% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 18% Malbec
  • 2% Petit Verdot
  • 2% Merlot
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA: 5.6 g/100mL
PH:
3.80
Barrel Aging:
  • 20 months
    100% French oak, 65% new
    Taransaud, Quintessence, Ermitage and Demptos
Alcohol %:
14.5%

Retail $125.00 | 15-20% off for Bacchus Club Members

$125.00
 
$1500.00

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