At The Winery
It’s official – the 2023 vintage has begun! The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vines here in Oakville experienced bud break in mid April, marking the exciting beginning of a new growing season.
The timing of bud break is crucial as it sets the tone for the rest of the growing season. The quality and quantity of the new vintage heavily depend on the weather conditions during bud break. With the long, extended, and very wet winter, we were watching the vines carefully during March and April. The buds are vulnerable to extreme conditions as they begin to emerge and growers work very hard to protect the vines during this time. Luckily, warm sunny days returned to Napa Valley just in time.
In The Kitchen
The valley is now in the midst of spring, and the sun is shining brightly. The vines have started to leaf and flower after going through bud break, signifying that the growing season has officially begun in Napa. Chef Derick has introduced some excellent new dishes, including a seared tuna welcome bite, and brought back a perennial favorite – his famous chips and dip. These dishes are paired with our newest vintage of Rosé and Blend 23, and the menu also features two distinct Cabernet Sauvignons from Oakville.
New Releases This Month
B Cellars is thrilled to announce the release of two new 2021 Sangiovese offerings. We haven’t bottled Sangiovese on its own since 2019, but during that time, we took on the difficult task of finding outstanding Sangiovese in Napa Valley. To our delight, we secured fruit from two outstanding vineyards. Game Farm Vineyard is less than two miles south of B Cellars on the valley floor. Thin, rocky topsoils and older vines produced a full bodied and voluptuous wine. Stagecoach Vineyard is high on the Vaca Mountains, almost due east of Game Farm Vineyard. Red, rocky, volcanic soils produce classic and powerful “mountain fruit” from this tiny block of Sangiovese.
Last Chance Wines
The wines featured in our “Last Chance” category have less than 60 cases remaining. This month we’re going to say goodbye to some tremendous appellation Cabernets as well as some wines we just released a couple of months ago. You’re definitely going to want to get these before they’re gone forever!
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