Wednesday, July 9, 2014


For the Independence Day party and fireworks there had to be an American wine so I opted for a 2007 Spring Napa Valley Red Wine from the Bunter Spring Winery, an extremely small winery.  The wine is a blend of 34% Petit Verdot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot.

With that much Petit Verdot I was expecting big flavors and that is exactly what was in the bottle; it was full of dark plum and deep, black cherry flavors.  The Cabernet Sauvignon added some red fruit to the mix and also some leanness to the structure.  The Merlot was juicy and happy and tossed in a few blueberries to the mixture.  The tannin was well integrated here and it retained enough acid to hold everything together.

This was a full flavored wine that never went over the edge in to the range of being over extracted.  It was a big wine with balance and even a bit of elegance to it.  The more it breathed the better it got.  I wasn't the only one who liked this wine and for that reason  it disappeared quickly - very quickly.

2007 Spring, Napa Valley Red Wine.  13.7% alcohol.  Price is unknown since it was part of an auction basket I purchased over a year ago. 

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