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Cooper & Thief Bourbon Barrel Aged Red 2016

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750ML / 16% ABV
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750ML / 16% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 vintage came in early with exceptional quality fruit throughout the state. Welcome winter rains helped alleviate the drought. The entire ripening season enjoyed cooler-than-average daytime highs and cold nights—perfect for inky, complex wines.

Cooper & Thief is a dark and jammy red wine blend loaded with bourbon-inspired flavors and aromas. Crafted by Cellarmaster, Jeff Kasavan, the wine is aged for three months in bourbon barrels, which gives way to soft, velvety tannins with a subtle heat. The combined result is a rich flavor, with a long, lingering finish.

Blend: 31% Syrah, 28% Merlot, 20% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 3% Malbec, and 4% Other Red Blenders.

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COMMENTARY: Wineries using whiskey barrels are bringing a new wrinkle to the marketplace. The 2016 Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters Red Wine Blend, with 3 months in Bourbon Whiskey barrels, is nicely done. While far from traditional table wines, this wine exhibits a pleasing mix of elements. TASTING NOTES: This wine is full-bodied, firm, and lasting. Its aromas and flavors of black fruit and smoke should pair it well with grilled beef. (Tasted: March 15, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
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While other wines celebrate doing the same thing for centuries, Cooper & Thief celebrates doing things differently. Their bourbon barrel-aged red wine blend challenges tradition, which makes for a much more interesting story.

Cooper: the skilled craftsman who hand-makes each wooden barrel

Thief: tool of the trade for sneaking a taste from said barrels

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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

The cool Anderson Valley in California’s North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

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