Bootleg Napa Valley Red Blend 2013
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"It is off-the-charts in terms of its hedonistic appeal... A big-time winner." ~ Robert Parker, Jr.Mr. Parker calls this Bootleg Napa Valley Red Blend a "big-time winner", and we think he's onto something. We've never quite seen a red blend the likes of this, but the Bootleg crew has really made it work. If you like big, bold reds from Napa the are brimming with dark, lush fruit, floral and earthy nuances, spices and seductive intensity, then this Bootleg is for you. The full body and herbal notes will go beautifully with a roast leg of spring lamb with herbs and oven-roasted potatoes. Duck confit with a cranberry-orange relish is another great choice. And for straight comfort, we love the bold flavors of this wine next to a roast pork ragu over wide pappardelle. Just delicious. Hungry yet?
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Proprietary Red from Bootleg is a major sleeper of not only the vintage, but in its entire concept. There are just over 8,000 cases of this wine, which has been culled from KJ vineyards on Atlas Peak, Oakville, Mt. Veeder, Rutherford and Spring Mountain. The wine is a blend of 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 21% Zinfandel, 12% Merlot, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. That’s like throwing in the entire kitchen sink, but the result is a stunningly delicious, complex, big-time, sexy style of wine with a deep, opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blackberries and blueberries, with some lavender Provençal herbs, licorice and a touch of espresso. The wine has a fabulous texture, a plush, full-bodied mouthfeel, and beautiful purity and depth. It’s something that could only be made in California, given the blend, but it is off-the-charts in terms of its hedonistic appeal. At the same time, it is complex enough to satisfy the intellectual senses as well. Drink it over the next 5-6 years (2016-2022). A big-time winner." Oct 2016
Winery: "This is a deep, dark, intense wine full of black fruit aromas, baking spices and espresso. On the palate it exhibits flavors of blackberry compote, licorice and mocha. It is full bodied and has creamy, round textures that give it a long, lingering finish.
Wine Profile: Opulent, plush and hedonistic, with red and black fruit, soft tannins and velvety texture."
Varietal: 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 21% Zinfandel, 12% Syrah, 12% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
15.0% Aging: 16 months in 27% new French oak and 4% new American oak
Napa Valley, California