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A super complex nose leaps from the glass, showing dark and red fruits, cassis, graphite and lead pencil layered seamlessly. A broad palate opens to reveal black fruits, hint of red currant, and fresh tobacco leaf, all leading to a mile long silky finish.
This infamous vineyard, owned and farmed by the one and only, Ulises Valdez, is home to the longtime prized clones of Wente and Robert Young Chardonnay. The wine brings both clones, 75% Wente and 25% Robert Young, providing everything we love about Chardonnay – depth, weight, finesse, brightness – all fittingly strung together in seamless harmony. The vineyard is six miles from the Pacific Ocean and contains a unique mix of sand and dense clay – the “Sebastopol Clays.” The 2015 Chardonnay shows a bright and layered nose of Meyer lemon, oyster shell and piecrust. A broad and focused palate frames a host of integrated flavors ranging from lemon curd, concrete, hazelnut and brioche.
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.