2005 Blend 26 Reserve Cabernet 1.5 L
A sophisticated Cabernet from To Kalon, Georges III & Stagecoach Vineyards
90 pts from Wine Enthusiast
Limited 500 case production. Napa Valley’s most prestigious vineyards- ToKalon, Georges III & Stagecoach - deliver a Cabernet haute mélange of Reserve quality. This voluminous wine shows layers of black cherry, blackberry and a touch of barrel vanillin and espresso bean on the nose. The palate is rich and muscular with dark fruits, wild currant and cassis. The finish is long and elegant exuding the sophistication of a carefully crafted wine. Both structured and generous this wine will age well to 2019 with potential for more.
Available in 3.0 & 6.0L in beautifully etched bottles signed by our winemaker, Kirk Venge- if you are interested in either of these collector's items please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Best Paired with B Cellars Blend 26:
Marmalade Glazed Short Ribs
Chef Pascal Vignau's Classic Beef Bourguignon
Filet Diane with Demi Glaze Sauce
Napa ValleyÂ’s most prestigious vineyards- ToKalon, Georges III & Stagecoach - deliver a Cabernet haute mÃ©lange of Reserve quality. This voluminous wine shows layers of black cherry, blackberry and a touch of barrel vanillin and espresso bean on the nose. The palate is rich and muscular with dark fruits, wild currant and cassis. The finish is long and elegant exuding the sophistication of a carefully crafted wine. Both structured and generous this wine will age well to 2019 with potential for more.
Each respective vineyard is given the time for the fruit on vine to reach its optimum level of ripeness of both flavor and Brix. We carefully harvest early in the cool hours of the morning into half-ton macro bin boxes and make our way to the winery just as we hit the clearing of the mid-morning marine layer. The fruit is then vigilantly sorted to expose and remove any leaves or damaged fruit that may have made its way into the bin.
Blend #26 is truly a winemakers dream. When one has the opportunity to meld Beckstoffer's world renown George III and To Kalon Vineyards with the famous Stagecoach Vineyard, the vision of what will come is endless. This trio is "proof-positive" that Napa Valley's most premium vineyards are each producing incredible fruit in their own right and when carefully integrated, the result is phenomenal. Hours upon hours of assemblage takes place prior to determining the composition of this very special wine; hence, one could only say that Blend 26 brings the notion of "hand-crafted" to an art.
The grapes are given a 5-day cold soaking period and then fermentation is encouraged. Total maceration time including fermentation averages 25 days. Each vineyard lot is fermented and barrel aged separately; at minumum, prior to blending each will see 14 months in oak. Consistent with the production of all B Cellars wines, individual lots blended after they show their respective potential and we are able to discern how their specific terroir can contribute to the character of the overall blend. Once we are confident that each lot is imputing just the right balance of flavors, tannins and related characteristics, the blending team embarks on its arduous task of comparing numerous trial blends in search of perfection. The outcome is a Reserve blend of uncompromising quality that will stand up to the most sophisticated oenophile palate. After blending the wines are gently "racked" together and aged an additional 12 months in new French oak.