A bold Bordeaux-inspired blend from a classic California Estate perfect for hearty winter meals
Producer: Kuleto Estate
Region: Napa Valley, California
Grapes: 27% Malbec 19% Petite Syrah 19% Cabernet Franc 16% Tempranillo 10% Zinfandel 9% Merlot
Fuller Body, Deep
Flavors: Cedar, raspberry, dried herbs
Pairings: Braised or roasted meats
In 1992, culinary entrepreneur Pat Kuleto assembled five parcels from cattle ranchers to create a 761-acre ranch of wild hillside land on the eastern edge of the Napa Valley, overlooking Lake Hennessey, Pritchard Hill, and the towns of Rutherford and St. Helena. The rugged, mountaintop estate features 90 acres of vines, spread over 82 individual vineyard blocks, perched along ridges, clinging to steep hillsides, of three distinctive soil types - fractured shale, red clay and Sobrante loam - and a range of elevations - from 800 to 1450 feet - and exposures. With over 20 years of experience in the wine industry, winemaker David Lattin joined Kuleto in 2002, and produces a small portfolio of exceptional estate grown wines.
Bordeaux-inspired, yet truely a California field blend, this lush, rich wine marries Malbec, Petite Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, and Merlot. Growing at a range of high elevations, these vines, taxed as they cling to steeply-pitched soils, concentrate all of their energies into grapes filled with the potential to become powerful, yet nuanced wines. With darker fruit, cigar box, and dried herbal notes, share this wine with hearty stews, braised meats, cassoulet - any belly-filling winter favorites.