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B Cellars - Premiere Napa Valley Insight


By acollazos - Posted on 11 May 2011


Every year, the Napa Valley Vintners Association hosts Premiere Napa Valley, a barrel tasting and wine auction where participating vintners offer wines produced exclusively for this program. Only a few cases of each one-of-a-kind wine are made from a special blend, clone or vineyard designation chosen by the vintner. Each is produced just once and is available only to the highest bidder. The wine you are looking at is such a wine. We are the proud winners of the B Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot #161. We hope you enjoy this original piece of Napa Valley. View our Lot Here

These are the notes from Kirk Venge at the auction about this wine:

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley Appellation
February 2012 Release date
10 cases produced
Lot # 161

Wine notes
B Cellars draws its inspiration from Old- World blending traditions. Our distinct multi-vineyard strategy is made possible through long-standing relationships with Napa’s most coveted properties. Winemaker Kirk Venge employed meticulous selection at harvest, painstaking hand sorting, individual vineyard lot vinification, the finest French barrels and countless hours of intuitive blending sessions, always keeping in mind how the wines would work with a variety of food. Think blackberry, warm plum with a spice box and coffee aromas, paired up with browned short ribs that are slow cooked in a blackberry/Cabernet-reduction sauce and you have the party of the season lined up.

“The vineyards are key,” says Kirk,who’s worked with multiple vineyards in every appellation of Napa and Sonoma counties. “If the quality’s not there, I’m not going to touch it. For B Cellars, we harvested from 19 different vineyards—vineyards including To Kalon Vineyard, Dr. Crane, Hudson, and Caldwell vineyards as well as small, home-grown plots such as Auger in St. Helena.

Ageing process:
18 months 60% new oak

  • pH: 3.68
  • Wine is unfiltered

Tasting Chart:

dry or sweet 
bone dry
very sweet
body 
light body
very full bodied
acidity 
soft, gentle
very crisp
tannin 
none
heavy tannins
     
   
© Napa Valley Vintners

 

Q & A with the winemaker

Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?

Each vineyard selected for this blend had impeccable provenance. The combination of vineyards and sub-appellations in this wine is the definition of the whole surpassing the sum of its parts

Winemaker, Kirk Venge

Kirk Venge
Winemaker, Venge Vineyards / B Cellars

Country born: USA

Education:
Bachelors of Science, Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis, 1998

Winery experience: 10-15 years

Bio:
I began by following my father around at Villa Mt. Eden, now Plumpjack, back in the late 1970's. From there he moved to Groth and I got to know my way around the crush pad. In 1995 I entered into the Vit. and Enol. program at Davis and in '98 graduated with a B.S. degree. In 1999 I began work for the Venge label and in 2008 took the brand over. In addition, I've been a consulting winemaker for the past 10 years.

Kirk earned his degree in Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis, graduating in 1998. He worked diligently in summer internships as the experimental winemaker for Mumm Napa Valley, where he focused on producing still Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A post-graduation harvest in New Zealand and time traveling the great wine regions of Europe would prove him ready to take on making the Venge Family Reserve wines in 2003.

Winemaking philosophy:
Make wine in the vineyard and never stop reinventing yourself. Be patient with wine and don't force a wine to be something it won't. Take time in creating the art of the unseen.

“The vineyards are key,” says Kirk,who’s worked with multiple vineyards in every appellation of Napa and Sonoma counties. “If the quality’s not there, I’m not going to touch it. For B Cellars, we harvested from 19 different vineyards—vineyards including To Kalon Vineyard, Dr. Crane, Hudson, and Caldwell vineyards as well as small, home-grown plots such as Auger in St. Helena.

Honors / Awards:
One of the "Top 20 Next Generation Winemakers to Watch in the World" Food and Wine Magazine

Winemaker, Kirk Venge

 

Robert Foley Winery (w/ Bob Foley himself)

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