BOYANCI InSpire Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
The 2008 InSpire is classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, big and full, yet balanced and refined. Aromas of red raspberry pie and chocolate covered blueberry with a hint of toasted vanilla. InSpire is rich and layered on the palate with excellent structure and finesse.
Wine Spectator - "Tightly wound, with firm spice, cedar, dried currant and blackberry fruit. Full-bodied and focused, ending with a complex finish that echoes creosote, black tea and subtle berry notes. Best from 2012 through 2021"
Wine Enthusiast - "A big, sweet, soft Napa Cab, made in the modern style. It means to dazzle with blackberry and blueberry jam, sweet new oak and chocolate flavors, and does. Too soft for aging, but delicious."
Kevin BOYer and Tom SteffANCI met in Napa Valley of all places during a boring corporate meeting. Tom was actually the bureaucrat that called the meeting Kevin was attending. After the meeting, we broke away to visit some wineries and talked tirelessly about the wines that blew our minds, those we hated and the ones we would make someday if we got the chance. We also talked about what we wanted to do to make a difference and how we each thought we might be able to do something meaningful. A strong friendship ensued and after a lot of talking about creating our own wine, we finally created BOYANCI. In April of 2009 we released our first ever vintage of BOYANCI, 2006 Red Blend, a 200 case project from Pritchard Hill. Our winemaker Mia Klein (one of the most heralded winemakers in Napa Valley history, formerly of Dalla Valle, Araujo Estate, Chappellet, Viader and owner of her own amazing brand, Selene) expertly crafts our atypical Bordeaux blend into a seamless expression of Napa Valley fruit and extraction with a Bordeaux like elegance.
In October of 2009 we launched our second wine, the 2007 InSpire, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. InSpire is the slightly rebellious son of BOYANCI, our flagship wine, InSpire exhibits a youthful exuberance in both its personality and the style of the wine. As you can see, we call out the “spire” in InSpire and include a "spire" on the label to signify the brands desire to reach up and help others. Just as we do with BOYANCI, we give 10% of our profits to Coprodeli , a non- profit that builds schools clinics and housing in the most impoverished areas of Peru. It was in Peru while marveling at the wonders of the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu that we decided on the red shape at the top of our Spire. View all BOYANCI Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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