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Subtle changes in this vintage will be noticeable to friends of Bonterra. We've tightened our vineyard focus, moving from a North Coast to a Mendocino appellation. And we've continued to use and increase Syrah as our unconventional blending grape, giving intriguing elements of spice and deep rich flavors sometimes not so attainable from the more traditional Merlot. Over the past six years we've been privileged to work with Christian LeSommer, formerly of Chateau LaTour, to chisel our Cabernet and refine away the rough edges to allow an elegant, Old
World styled Cabernet to emerge. While definitely influenced by the insights Christian brings from Bordeaux, this Cabernet offers New World aromas of cherry and raspberry, with spicy notes of nutmeg and creamy vanilla (French Vanilla, of course). The wine enters with juicy red berry flavors, and offers a soft, yet full and rich mouthfeel with a wonderful finish worthy of an exhibitionist. You'll find velvety chocolate in this finish, a rich contrast to dark fruit, such as plum. Call me traditional, but a bone-in Sirloin topped with Blue Cheese butter and a glass of Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon would make my day.
- Bob Blue, Winemaker
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 91%, Syrah 9%
Bonterra wines are a natural expression of the unique climate and soil of the Mendocino coast. The name Bonterra means good earth. All of their wines are nurtured from organically grown grapes. Bonterra relishes the re-discovery of age-old traditions of viticulture, working in harmony with Nature, to create wines with pure, concentrated flavors.
THE BONTERRA PHILOSOPHY
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Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different - both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
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(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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