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2007 Black Bart's Bride, Napa Valley

Intense aromas of peach blossom, nectarines and honeysuckle explode from the glass. The palate is pristine and focused with wonderful weight and richness, the wine slips across the mouth with succulent texture, and the finish is long with persistent minerality.

Harvested: September 21-October 9, 2007
Blend: 43% Marsanne, 37% Viognier and 20% Chardonnay
Fermentation: Barrel fermentation
Cooperage: French Oak–Damy, Cadus, Francois Freres & Dargaud et Jaegle
Barrel Aging: 9 months (sur lie)
Release Date: May 1, 2010
Vineyard: Stagecoach and Krupp Brothers Block(s): 14B, L2, KB5
Soil: Deep clay loam admixed with boulders
Exposure: Marsanne: gentle south, Viognier: gentle south, Chardonnay: gentle east
Elevation: 1,500 ft above sea level
Production: 675 cases

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WINE SPECTATOR - 2007 Black Bart's Bride

"Distinctive for its toasty spice notes, with a fragrant honeysuckle detail. Full-bodied pear, citrus, apple and almond skin accents add to the complexity, with a balanced kick of acidity on the finish. Marsanne, Viognier and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2016. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 775 cases made." –MW

Wine Spectator
2007 Black Bart's Bride, Napa Valley
CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE TO CA WINES Vol 34, Iss 9: 2007 Black Bart's Bride

“43%  Marsanne; 37% Viognier; 20% Chardonnay. Full marks to this innovative blending of Rhone and Burgundian whites. It has great depth and enormous richness to its floral, slightly tropical yet deep and round aromas, and that simply adds up to the fine and fun experience of smelling the wine and knowing that it has delivered brilliance. It is full and fleshy on the palate, has enough acidity to stay in balance and makes us want to grill up a side of line-caught salmon that has been briefly cured with salt and sugar before seeing the flames.”

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
2007 Black Bart's Bride, Napa Valley