' Vintners Collective - 2016
 
 
 
 
 

2016

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The warm, but not hot growing season of 2016 was as long or longer than previous vintages and began with an early bud break and ended by the beginning of October.  With no pressure from the weather, growers were able to relax throughout the year and enjoy a warm, dry harvest.  The vintage was ripe, aromatic, and showed more restraint than the previous more opulent vintages.

$69.00 per Bottle

Youthfully bold with notes of fruit and exotic spice, this wine is enjoyable to drink now with plenty of life to give for years down the line. The nose greets with rich notes of black cherry, ripe blueberry, wet slate, and blood orange. Fresh dark fruits lead the palate, and the focus settles on ripe flavors of blackberry and currants spiced with peppercorn and tobacco. The firm, velvety and mouth-filling tannins emphasize structure, while ever present acidity balances and brightens. The spicy aromatics and flavors continue through the long finish. Cellaring this wine for a decade or beyond will reveal a silky texture hidden beneath layers of relatively powerful tannins that dominate its early years.

$56.00 per Bottle

An ethereal mélange of fruit-kissed floral notes await you in this bottle!   Honeyed orange blossom greets and then opens up to reveal tropical undertones.  The wine will continue to develop its heady mixture of fruit and floral, becoming more seductive and intoxicating over the next year.   While the lush, opulent texture of this wine point to this is as 100% Chardonnay, its uniquely bright and vibrant aromatics will keep your friends guessing about just what grape could create such a delight for the senses.

$43.00 per Bottle

Expect to find deep aromas of cassis, black cherry, incense, dark chocolate, caramelized oak, toffee, and the Buoncristiani signatures of balance, depth on the mid palate, with a lengthy persistent finish. Precise amounts of Malbec were carefully folded into the final blend to add complexity and depth to the profile.  Twenty months aging in 85% new French oak barrels rounded out the palate even further, while adding more texture, aroma and flavor.

$121.00 per Bottle

Sourced from high in the eastern Vaca Mountains of Napa Valley, the fruit for our 2016 vintage Sauvignon Blanc arrived at the winery packed with vibrant fruit flavors, intense aromatic character, and mouth-watering acidity.  This young wine is pure pleasure in the glass, with subtle notes of flint, wet clay, and lemongrass mingling with the forward tropical and citrus notes that frame the wine.  On the palate, the bracing acidity calls out for fresh seafood and a large body of water to pull up next to.  While it will continue to open and evolve with time in the bottle, this latest vintage of our Sauvignon Blanc can be enjoyed straight away.

$46.00 per Bottle

Our 2016 Jemma is marked by a deep ruby hue, with brooding, intense aromatics of spice and smoked charcuterie, laced with a dark fruit profile of cassis, pomegranate and bing cherries. Muscular and weighty on the palate, the intense fruit character is precisely framed by polished tannins and an enduring, lengthy finish. A happy pair with an impromptu date night and steak frites!

$111.00 per Bottle

87% Cabernet Sauvignon (from Stagecoach-50%, Beckstoffer George III-40% and Ellman Estate-10%), 9% Petit Verdot (from Ellman Estate), 4% Merlot (from Hudson Vineyards). The 2016 Brothers Blend is a favorite at any table. It's readily approachable style makes it a perennial, emanating with notes of cassis, cocoa, sarsaparilla and a myriad of herbs reminiscent of Chartreuse.  Bright and fresh on the palette, it abounds with a gamut of red and black fruits from cherries to blackberries and plums, with notes of incense, oolong and pencil lead.  Walking the tight rope of a brooding, sultry expressive wine balanced by refreshing acidity and a tightly-wound core, the 2016 Brothers Blend pairs swimmingly with a range of fare from BBQ to roast duck.

$76.00 per Bottle
2016 was a year characterized by low crop yields and even
ripening. Our 2016 Flanagan Chardonnay Bacigalupi
Vineyard spent 11 months in French cooperage with 40% of
that new.
$69.00 per Bottle
 The key to the wine is the bright acidity
that ties everything together
. This is a great example of what top
Russian River Chardonnay sites can produce when wine making is
focused on balance.
$50.00 per Bottle
 The palate in 2016 shows morered fruits than 2014 or 2015. The wine displays vibrant acidity and has a very clean finish
$65.00 per Bottle
Riley's Rows is the project of Eric Flanagan's daughter Riley. Riley grew up with Flanagan Wines, and is now off on her own!
 
This inaugural release of the 2016 Riley’s Rows "Three by Three" Proprietary Red Blend North Coast, is an awesome reflection of some of our favorite North Coast vineyard sites. The Merlot is from our Brandt ranch in Lake County... which is one of the best vineyards in Lake County. The Cabernet and Syrah are both from great Sonoma County sites.
$35.00 per Bottle

 Riley's Rows is the project of Eric Flanagan's daughter Riley. Riley grew up with Flanagan Wines, and is now off on her own!

The 2016 Riley’s Rows Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast reflects the balance and focus of the 2016 vintage. The 2016 vintage was cooler than 2015 so the 2016 wines are less rich and more focused. In general, the cooler growing season meant grapes tended to ripen at lower Brix levels and lower pHs than they did in 2015.

$39.00 per Bottle