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The Buoncristiani brothers created the series “Artistico” to fuse winemaking passion with other forms of art expression. Our Syrah label features original artwork to complement our blend for each vintage.
THE CORE represents the very best of Buoncristiani Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2012 vintage. Each year the four Buoncristiani Brothers craft multiple single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons from premium Napa Valley vineyard blocks, and THE CORE is the culmination of meticulous blending of carefully selected lots. Choice barrels are folded together slowly over the course of two years, diligently creating a balance of power and elegance, and then captured in bottle without fining or filtration. At the heart of the Buoncristiani portfolio is THE CORE.
Derived from the tip of the Brown Estate Vineyard in Chiles Valley, my partnership with the Brown family has allowed me to source from one of the finest Zinfandel vineyards within Napa valley. This particular piece, the Sugarloaf block, lies directly beneath a steep, north-facing knoll.
The Korte Ranch is a classic old St. Helena Vineyard, planted around 1910, that is 100 Years ago! Korte Ranch is head-trained and dry-farmed planted on the St. George rootstock and produces wonderful Zinfandel from the gnarly old vines.
Intense aromas of black cherries and plums, with hints of black pepper and tea leaves. Full bodied with supple tannins in your mouth. There is wonderful balance which leads to the long black cherry finish.
A savory character of smoked meat on the nose balanced with notes of Black Mission figs, cinnamon and thyme. Great acidity on the palate with flavors of wild cherry, cracked pepper, crushed dried herbs and black licorice.
The palate is rich, round, and generous, showcasing layers of plum, cranberry, and dried cherries, earth, cola, along with a brighter layer of cherry, cassis, roundly spiced with tobacco, black tea, and graphite.
The bright nose draws you in with enticing aromas of ripe, fresh blackberries robed in sweet vanilla and dusted with sandalwood and light tobacco, as if flirting with you. The palate delivers what the nose promises; a mouthful of juicy bramble berry fruit and baking spices. The lasting, velvety finish surprises you with its refreshing mouth cleansing acidity, simply true to form. Drink alone or pair with rich game dishes (duck breast, venison, fruit compote). Enjoy within the next 1 to 5 years.
Our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon provides an opulent bouquet of sun-ripened Italian plums and fragrant blackberries. Chocolate and hints of anise round out the aromas. The palate is firm yet supple, with enough structure and power to carry this wine through
Our winemaker committed to finding some of the best grapes for this wine, which he obtained from Beckstoffer, Georges III vineyard, Clone 6 & 7. Textbook conditions were what the 2012 vintage is known for, including ideal spring bud break and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool nights. This season saw a vintage of perfectly ripe grapes, allowing winemakers to pick only the best fruit.