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The 2015 Carte Blanche Proprietary Red Wine is a Right-Bank inspired blend of 59.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Verdot and .5% Malbec. Select vineyards and blocks were chosen and farmed specifically to attain a dense, rich wine framed by delicate fine-grained tannins. Beckstoffer’s Orchard Vineyard Merlot offers a plump & full mid-palate while providing ample nuance. Beckstoffer’s Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon in Oakville provides a full spectrum of rich and dark fruit, while the Sage Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc from Sage Ridge Canyon offers nuances of tobacco, plum, and roasted poblano. The 2015 Proprietary Red shows blackberry, black cherry and espresso on the nose. The palate entry is silky and focused, showcasing currant, crushed blackberries, graphite, and roasted poblano pepper through an enduring finish. 150 cases produced.
Jeb Dunnuck – 98 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 94 Points
Sun Chase vineyard sits high atop the Petaluma Gap, taking in much of what the Pacific Ocean and sun have to offer. Rocky and gravelly Goudling series clay loam provide the perfect home for the four clones and vineyard blocks that make up this striking wine. The 2015 Sun Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir is loaded with character. The nose reveals bright bing cherry, dried thyme, a hint of sage, blueberry, and sandalwood. The palate shows power and elegance across the mid-palate to a long finish. Notes of black cherry, boysenberry, oolong tea, and thyme layer together and persist through the finish. 200 cases produced.
A different beast, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is more backward and reticent, and while it needs 4-5 years of bottle age, is packed with potential. Both black and blue fruits, earth, tobacco, and freshly crushed rock notes all flow to a full-bodied 2016 that has plenty of fine tannins, remarkable purity of fruit, and beautiful intensity and length. Do your best to give this some bottle age, and you’ll be rewarded with a phenomenal Napa Valley Cabernet that will keep for 2-3 decades.
A layered nose of brioche, citrus blossom, oyster shell, and quince come together in a bright and inviting introduction. The palate is focused with bright acidity and medium to full bodied, showing plenty of length and notes of crushed rock, brioche, Bartlett pear and lemon curd along the way.
On the nose, bright Bing cherry, dried Provençal herbs, blood orange and sandalwood are woven together. The palate is impeccably balanced, revealing layers of black cherry, sassafras, boysenberry, black tea leaf, and dried herbs through its persistent finish.
Coming from Napa Valley, the 2016 Proprietary Red Wine is a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, all aged in new barrels. This cuvée is made with the idea to be slightly more accessible and offers a St. Emilion-like feel in its blue fruits, tobacco leaf, crushed rocks, and cedary, spice-laced aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied, has a layered, balanced texture, and terrific tannin quality. It’s another powerful yet elegant wine from Keplinger.
The 2010 Eternity presents with deep, dark, black cherry and touches of Mazarin, red and lavender. Next, experience an explosion of black currant, juicy black cherry, cedar, touches of thyme and tarragon, clay, granite, bacon fat, tobacco leaves and pronounced depth in the nose. The wine enters the mouth softly while evolving on velvety, well integrated tannins and seamless texture adding dark fruits; plum and boysenberry. It then lingers with chocolate powder, apricot, a touch of black licorice and roasted coffee beans in the finish...Spectacular!
Leading into the 2014 season, drought conditions worried growers throughout Napa Valley. Yet, bud break came early and beautiful weather prevailed. Our reservoirs had filled, but water management in the vineyard was crucial. Timely irrigation was essential to produce perfectly ripe fruit.
In the end, every piece of the puzzle came together. There were no damaging heat spikes during the growing season and ripening balanced the early bud break with an equally early harvest. What could have been a disappointing vintage turned out to be another beauty.
After very detailed selection in the vineyard, the most ideal fruit made its way to the winery. Then, pampered like the baby it was, the chosen grapes received optical sorting, barrel fermenting, and hand punch downs. Each step designed to allow a slow unfolding of the 2014 Eternity.
The 2014 Estate Cabernet provokes exquisite expectations with its presentation of deep dark sienna and touches of ruby on the rim of the glass. This is followed by an intensely concentrated nose of dark black berries and cassis with additions of cedar, cherries and chocolate. While on the palate you experience a velvety entrance that remains round and rich with layers of cherry, sage, boysenberries, plum liquor and bergamot. Safely said, this beauty will satisfy all of the senses as it lingers for a long finish.
The 2015 Eternity is a spectacular vintage! Opulent in every way, perfectly balanced, a velvety texture, firmly structured...words do not do it justice.
While both the Suckling Report and the Wine Advocate awarded this vintage of Eternity 95pts, at the end of the day, what matters most is that the 2015 Eternity is a vintage to celebrate the ordinary and the extraordinary. That is what an exceptionally beautiful wine is all about. From bud break to bottle, the ’15 Eternity responded beautifully to all the love it received. It was a short, difficult growing year. Yet, as it is often said: well-seasoned growers and winemakers, who deeply understand the collaboration, science and art of winemaking, make all the difference.
The 2018 Wild Iris overflows with all you expect from this delightfully spirited muse. A golden hue, amazing aroma, opulent fruit, perfect crispness, velvety texture and a memorable finish, how wonderful to find all of this in your glass!
The 2011 Howell Mountain Zinfandel is from Black Sears Vineyard at 2400 ft blended with some Napa Valley Zinfandel. The altitude and unique soils of Howell Mountain help to create intense and complex wines. This wine shows the terrior it was born from while maintaining elegance and grace.