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The 2018 marks the tenth vintage of Buoncristiani Chardonnay, a wine that focuses primarily on fruit, minerality and balanced acidity, with secondary flavors of integrated new French oak richness framed by a full mid palate and a lingering finish.
Complex aromas of ripe ruby grapefruit and jalapeño jam lead way to layered flavors of mango, honeysuckle and vanilla wafer. Zesty citrus flavors, tropical fruit and ultra bright acidity linger in the crisp, clean finish.
Complex aromas of lemon zest, white peach, spicy pear, orange sherbert, floral muscat, vanilla, and lemon cream pie entice the senses. On the palate, a creamy texture leads the way to layered flavors of mango, pineapple, apple, key lime pie, honeysuckle and vanilla wafer. Zesty citrus flavors, tropical fruit and ultra bright acidity linger in the crisp and clean finish.
The ultra complex aroma profile of this wine exhibits layers of fresh white peaches, caramelized apricots, honeysuckle, orange blossom, subtle vanilla, and sweet spices. Flavors on the palate mirror white stone fruits, minerals, and exotic spices with a full body, vibrant acidity, and a long lingering finish.
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.
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.
Stunning color in the glass, anelectrifyingnose showcases black currants, cassis, cigar box and red fruit.The palate is opulent, plush and structured with integrated sweet tannins showcasing notes of dark blackberry, black cherry, and bittersweet chocolate dance through an everlasting and strong finish.
The 2017 Sun Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir springs from the glass offering bing cherry, pomegranate, black raspberry, dried Provencal herbs, lavender and loamy rock. The mid-palate supports a dynamic chorus of savory notes, plush red and dark fruits, and a beam of acidity to support a long seamless finish.
The 2018 UV Vineyard Chardonnay lures you in with a seductive nose of roasted hazelnut, brioche, lemon curd, Asian pear, white lily and baked pastry crust. An ultra-silky entry, a beam of acidity carries through to the finish. Plush and broad, this wine shows layers of white flowers, lemon curd, pastry flour, toasted hazelnut and honey on an everlasting finish.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with lively wild blueberry and fresh blackberry notes with underlying tobacco leaf, violets and hints of bay leaves, plus a waft of cedar. Medium to full-bodied with a refreshing backbone and firm, fine-grained tannins to support the bombastic, youthful fruit, it has a long finish with some spices coming through.
“…we are happy to welcome back our Wild Iris Sauvignon Blanc. She is a wily one, undaunted by the fires, she completely escaped the smoke taint that destroyed our 2020 Cabernets. So bright, Wild Iris will carry our 2020 flag.” -Laurie Claudon