What it tastes like to us…
Well, let’s start with the fact that Bodacious is a red blend. We’d say it’s an “ode to the lost art of blending,” but seriously folks, blending has been around about as long as winemaking. In 2014 we stuck with the usual red Bordeaux suspects: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon; 31% Malbec; 6% Petit Verdot; 6% Cabernet Franc. So what do you get? Bright cherry - think cherry cough drop melting on the back of your tongue. Black raspberries – preferably fresh, dripping down your chin. A little black licorice. Vanilla from the oak. And polished tannins. Yup, that about does it. Except wait, did we say brazen? Yes, this wine is brazen. Definitely. Drink up friends!
What Mother Nature delivered…
2014 was another stellar vintage in Napa Valley. Seriously. We’re not just saying that. Heavy rains in the winter when we wanted them… a warm, frost-free spring… and dry weather throughout the summer. What more could a grapevine want? An early harvest capped it all off. The wines tell the rest of the story.
What we did then…
We hand-picked and sorted the grapes, but of course. After destemming, we let them soak for about four days (gets ‘em nice and ready for fermentation), then let the fermentation rip. They fermented in concrete vessels. Concrete? Yeah, it’s a pretty cool material; breathes a little but not too much, doesn’t impart flavor to the wine. But then we aged the wine in barrel – 20 months in French oak. Some new barrels, some used. We like the oak, but all new oak with this wine would be too much of a good thing.
If you don’t want to read all of the above:
Appellation: Napa Valley
Varietals: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon/ 31% Malbec / 6% Petit Verdot/ 6% Cabernet Franc
Production: Fifteen barrels
Aging: 20 months