Blending has always been at the core of what makes B Cellars different. Not the fact that we make blended wines—plenty of wineries do that. Rather this difference stems from our approach to making “first cut” blends, or blends whose quality and pedigree are as high as any of our single-vineyard wines. It also stems from the detailed and determined approach we take in blending. We blend multiple rounds for every wine and blend right up until the very morning of the bottling. And finally, it stems from the creativity in crafting the blends. Flavor and palate trump tradition and custom. All that matters is the final aroma and taste.
Just after the new year, the winemaking team gathered in the Grand Salon to begin crafting wines from individual vineyard lots and barrels. Master Winemaker Kirk Venge (and his dog Sage), Associate Winemaker Derek Taylor, General Manager Curtis Strohl, and founder/proprietor Jim Borsack meticulously taste, blend, discuss, blend again, taste, and repeat, all the while taking meticulous notes and measurements. This seemingly enviable job is actually hard work and often encourages passionate discussions among the group. Ultimately, their hard work pays off in the form of exquisite wines that you have come to know and love.