Vintage 2011
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Syrah Blend
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor

With a generous splash of Syrah, this is a New World interpretation of a Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The Syrah adds unexpected spiciness and juicy, ripe fruit expression. The rich blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon predominate, while Syrah contributes lush blueberry syrup notes and hints of peppery spice. A sweet smoky note from aging in French oak barrels adds complexity. Charming in its youth, this wine will continue to develop complexity with proper bottle aging.

Vineyard Note

We selected all of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from our BV Rutherford Estate Vineyards in the center of Napa Valley, and all of the Syrah from BV Ranch No. 9 in our Los Carneros vineyard at the valley’s southernmost tip. We chose Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard-lots of wine that showed exceptionally forward berry expression and softer tannin structure, while we looked for explosive blueberry flavors, a lush mouthfeel and spiciness in the Syrah.