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The Buoncristiani O.P.C. is a Napa Valley proprietary red blend. In the quest to create a unique wine, it discovered the synergy of marrying Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with Syrah, while also folding in further complexity of texture and flavor with Napa Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot blenders. Grapes are sourced from some of Napa’s most prestigious vineyards including Hyde, Stagecoach, Hossfeld and Bennett. Just like winemaking fathers before, with “Ol’ Pa’s Cuvée” the brothers continue the family tradition of handcrafting blends that help accentuate the enjoyment of life.
The 2018 Brothers Blend is an apt entrée into the Ellman line-up of wines. Approachable, and then some, it offers a deep, opaque violet cast, billowing with intense aromas of crème de cassis, blackberries, espresso and cigar box. On the palate, complexity abounds with lush red and black fruits, from cranberry and raspberry to black cherries and plums, giving way to notes of cacao, as well as hints of herbal and floral notes such as rosemary and violet. Incredibly soft and polished, it packs excellent density without a rough edge in sight. With mouth-coating tannins giving way to a fresh finish, it pairs instantly with your favorites on the grill from a nice boerewors or Presa Iberico, to the garden’s bounty, like summer squash and zucchini.
The 2019 Caryn Renae Sauvignon Blanc harkens an endless summer. Its brilliant lemon hue sparkles at the meniscus. Aromatics of boxwood, bergamot and a subtle gardenia alight the nose, and place you immediately at the shore of your choosing. The palate has notes ranging from blood orange and green papaya, to lemon meringue pie and pâte de fruit au pamplemousse with mouth-watering acidity and an expansive palate. The end result leaves you feeling piqued for a seaside picnic, and on the verge of a jaunt amongst the waves!