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Kata Beckstoffer Bourn Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Winemaker Notes

Kata is the culmination of many years of combined experience and practice in the art of grape growing and winemaking. In its creation, we have patiently employed highly selective artisanal farming and winemaking practices to produce a wine of balance and elegance. A wine that is worthy of the legacy of Napa Valley’s historic Beckstoffer Bourn Vineyard.

The 2015 Kata shows great concentration and volume. The rich texture is complemented by abundant acidity that reveals nuances of mocha, blue fruit, licorice, spice and violets. This is a full-bodied wine that rewards the palate with unusual complexity and a long finish.

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Petite Sirah

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JD 96
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Bourn Vineyard is a deep, inky-colored 2015 that has serious amounts of depth and density. Full-bodied, uber-concentrated, tight and backward, it's going to need time, yet offers lots of smoked black currants, plums, smoked earth and dark chocolate. It's a terrific wine that's going to age beautifully.
RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Containing 20% Petite Sirah, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Bourn Vineyard displays a very deep purple-black color and is profoundly scented of crème de cassis, chocolate box, prunes and Indian spices with touches of dried Provence herbs, anise and raisin cake. Big, rich, full-bodied and concentrated in the mouth, the Petite Sirah certainly makes its presence known, contributing a bit of chew to the ripe, grainy Cabernet tannins and offering lingering exotic spice and Christmas pudding notions on the finish.
JS 94
James Suckling
This shows a brightness and balance with blackberry and blueberry. Orange peel, too. Medium body and fine tannins. Crisp and fresh. Delicious now.
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Kata flows from David Beckstoffer's vineyard expertise, his passion for the land and his connection to the Napa Valley, which is his home.The oldest son of grape grower Andy Beckstoffer, David was raised in the Napa Valley, where he developed a deep connection to the land and an intuitive ability to read a vineyard’s potential. Today, as President of Beckstoffer Vineyards, David stewards some of the most venerated vineyards in California. Kata is David's first winemaking venture.
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St. Helena is in the heart of the Napa Valley, nestled between Calistoga to the north and Rutherford on its southern border. On its western side, the Mayacamas Mountains guard it from the cooling effects of the Pacific Ocean; to its east stand the Vaca Mountains. In conjunction, these mountain ranges serve to lock in summer daytime heat. But in the evening, cool air from the San Pablo Bay funnels up through the valley, creating very chilly nights. It isn’t uncommon for temperatures to drop 50 degrees, a shift that promotes a balance of sugar ripeness and acidity in wine grapes.

St. Helena contains a plethora of different soil types in a small area, which have been enhanced over centuries by rain runoff from both mountain ranges. Its vineyards cover a variety of terrain, spreading across the bucolic valley floor and its benchlands.

These ideal topographic and climatic growing conditions easily caught the attention of early winemaking pioneers. In fact, St. Helena is the birthplace of Napa Valley’s commercial wine industry. Dr. Crane founded his cellar in 1859, David Fulton in 1860 and Charles Krug in 1861.

Today there are no less than 400 separate vineyards planted within the 12,000 acres that make up the St. Helena appellation.

Revered most for its red wines based on Bordeaux varieties, namely Cabernet Sauvignon, the St. Helena appellation is also a source of superior Syrah, Zinfandel and Sauvignon blanc.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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