B Cellars is a relatively new label making wine from some of the finest vineyards in the Napa Valley. While they are producing a range of single-varietal wines, their main focus is on blending to create unique, intriguing wines. Today we are pleased to be offering the 2005 Blend 25, made from 61% cabernet sauvignon and 39% syrah, sourced from such famed vineyards as Stagecoach and To Kalon. While these grapes are not traditionally blended together in Europe, they make a beautiful pairing, with the syrah bringing added color and lushness to the already structured cabernet.
Inky purple in color, you can tell just by looking at it that the Blend 25 is going to be a big wine. The nose opens with a hint of blueberry, and is dominated vanilla, caramel, and briary spice. The palate brings gobs of blackberry and black cherry, with floral notes, anise, and exotic spice. There is great complexity derived from layers of fruit and spice that go on and on through the finish.
The Blend 25 is a bit of a paradox; it is full, super dark, and brooding, but without being heavy. It is lush, full and fruit driven, yet is not at all cloying thanks to good structure and smooth tannin. This will definitely be a favorite for fans of full-throttle, ripe New World wine, but at the same time has the depth and complexity to work for people that usually prefer more restrained, Old World wines. It can definitely be enjoyed on its own, and would pair well with the usual suspects for big red wine: grilled meat, hearty stews, and so on. Wine from vineyards of this renown is seldom priced under $75; at under $40 this is an opportunity not to be missed!
When B Cellars’ founder Jim Borsack first encountered his partner Duffy Keys at a fourth of July barbeque in 2002, both executives were exploring new life paths in the wine business. Over a drop of the good stuff, of course, their journeys became intertwined when they discovered that they not only shared the same tastes in wine but were also on parallel missions to acquire vineyard property.
In the spring of 2003, they scrapped their solo endeavors, formed B Cellars, and got serious about structuring a first-rate wine company predicated upon two absolute principles: first, to produce exceptional artisan wines, season after season, by employing a multi-vineyard strategy, and second, to develop distinct flavors by blending wines from mutually complementary varietals.
Not long after they met the third key player, Kirk Venge named “One of the Top 20 New Winemakers in the World” by Food & Wine Magazine (October 2005). Kirk brought with him a 37 year winemaking legacy via his father, Nils, and a keen understanding of the Napa appellation. A bond was established almost immediately. “With Kirk’s passion for great wine, first-hand knowledge and commitment to excellence, it quickly became apparent that he was the ideal winemaker for B Cellars,” said Jim.
All team members were in concert with the idea of blending the finest red wines from the Napa Valley Appellation, and Kirk was given the mandate to create three proprietary blends of consummate quality from year to year.
The B Cellars name and logo stand for a commitment to seasonless excellence. The letter ‘b’ and the degree symbol º refer to BRIX, a wine term which defines the optimal sugar/alcohol content in grape juice that indicates the potential for greatness.
B Cellars is committed to the artisan approach, creating perfectly balanced and complex wines. We are confident you will enjoy them and be proud to share them with friends and family. Learn more at www.bcellars.com.