We all love life’s little luxuries, but sometimes these luxuries come in the form of wine. It’s not every day I get to sample and $88.00 bottle of red wine. Well today I’ll bring you two wines that look small, but pack a punch of flavor and might burn a hole in your pocket. But trust me when I say, this wine is totally worth it!
It’s Kelleher vineyards from Oakland, California.
Kelleher vineyard is situated along Highway 29 in the famous Oakville Appellation in the heart of the Napa Valley. They have 10 acres planted exclusively with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. They’ve named this beautiful
piece of land “Brix Vineyards”, after their namesake restaurant “Brix.”
For many years guests would come into Brix, and ask if they offered a wine from grapes grown on the property. The answer was complicated. They had for some time grown and sold their grapes to some of the Valley’s most prized labels. But the more often they were asked the question, the more the idea took hold. In 2004, they decided it was time to create a wine unique to their own vineyard.
So the Kelleher family set out to produce their own estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon; with abundant help from some of the most knowledgeable people in the Napa Valley and a uniquely talented winemaker, named “Craig Becker.”
Now onto the wine
First on the list is their 2009 Kelleher “Brix Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon This Cabernet Sauvignon is a concentrated, yet well balanced wine. Their estate vineyard is in the Oakville Appellation in the heart of the Napa Valley and they have 10 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in various blocks. This wine has
a deep dark ruby color with gorgeous aromas of cherry and chocolate and all spice and oak on the nose. Aged for 24 months in 50% new and 50%
once used French Oak barrels, their Cabernet Sauvignon is bold,
fruit forward and suitable for aging .
I would pair this wine with a Ribeye, Blue Cheese, or Filet Mignon.
Second on the list is their 2013 Kelleher “Block 21” Sauvignon Blanc. The 2013 growing season was marked by warm days and cool nights, which
were perfect conditions for their newest release for Kelleher Vineyards.
I love white wine. We all know that by now right? I will for sure put this wine on my list of favorites of white wines that I have enjoyed. The aromas of this wine are dominated by tropical notes, as well as a hint of stone fruit and melon. Aging was done in 90% stainless steel barrels and 10% neutral French oak and this combination really enhances the fruit from this St. Helena vineyard. The fruit forwardness is enriched by the depth that battonage imparts on the wine. The nose is bright with tropical fruits, while the palle is rich but focused by the bright acidity. The wine has three main attributes, fruit, richness and crisp acidity, with flavors of stone fruit, melon, a touch of citrus. Balanced acid. It is a perfect wine to enjoy all spring, summer and fall. I would pair this wine with
grilled chicken and smoked salmon with maple glaze.
Sit back and enjoy