A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Merlot, our 2014 Bouchet (in the Saint-Émilion region of Bordeaux, the name refers to Cabernet Franc) reflects our passion for producing beautifully balanced, classically-styled wines. An opaque ruby in color, the nose shows violets, mulberry, and tobacco leaf, while the gracefully structured palate showcases cedar chest, blackberries, hints of cassis and an intriguing orange liqueur note over very fine tannins. Pair this with penne alla vodka with roasted garlic and sage, duck breast with a wild cranberry reduction, or fondue with a good friend for a tastefully hedonistic evening.
Cases Produces: 166
Vineyard Sources: 100% Brander Vineyard Estate
Harvest Dates: Cabernet Sauvignon: September 27, 2014 Cabernet Franc: September 27,2014;
Merlot: October 8,2014
Chemistry: Cabernet Sauvignon: Brix: 24.0; pH: 3.60 Cabernet Franc: Brix 24.0; pH: 3.55 Merlot: Brix: 27.8; pH:3.50
Winemaking: The grapes were 100% destemmed, and fermented in small fermentors. This wine was then pressed into 100% French oak barrels (All neutral), where it was aged for 12 months.
Bottling date: December 23, 2015
Optimal drinking window: 2016-2022