We will be pouring our newly released 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Vogelzang Vineyards, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara on April 22, 1-4 PM at Buellton River Park. For further information www.sbvintnersweekend.com
On the nose, a rich aroma of baker’s cocoa emerges, followed by notes of dried black plum. The wine posses intricate layers of sage, raspberry, red cherry and finishes with balanced notes of forest floor cedar.
The majority of this wine was fermented in the same oak vessel that it was aged in allowing for a greater integration of both flavor and tannin. All of the components of the 2014 V3 underwent a natural fermentation and were allowed to progress at their own pace with very little intervention. It is our philosophy that this approach allows the wine to present the purest expression of our unique property and its terroir possible. Grown high above the valley floor and on steep hillsides, we hope you can taste all of the love and passion that has been afforded every grape.
–Steve Clifton, Winemaker
The 2014 V3, Baehner Fournier’s top bottling is terrific. Deep, layered and beautifully expressive throughout, the 2014 has turned out nicely. A distinctly forward, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, the 2014 offers tons of depth, with silky tannins that wrap around a core of silky red-fleshed fruit. Hints of smoke, tobacco and licorice add further nuance on the finish. This is a strong showing for a property that is headed in the right direction.
— Antonio Galloni August 2015
Hibiscus flower and pink grapefruit aromas surround a core of dried sage on the nose of this Rosé de Merlot. On the palate, flavors of white strawberry, guava, apricot and yellow raspberries mingle with nutmeg and star anise spices. Delightful and refreshing on it’s own, this wine yearns to be paired with fresh grilled summer vegetables.
Winemaker – Steve Clifton
$72.50/ 3 bottle pack
Join us at the 12th Annual Jazz & Olive Festival Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at Lavinia Campbell Park in Downtown Los Olivos. We will be pouring our recently bottled 2015 Rose’ de Merlot.
We will pour our barrel 2016 Rose’ de Merlot, 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon at the Festival Grand Tasting Saturday, April 23, 1-4 PM.
The Good Life on the Solvang Wine Trail will offer tastes of all our current wines to Santa Barbara Vintners’ VISA holders the entire weekend from noon to 5 PM.
We and many other members of the Santa Barbara Vintners are pleased to host one of the many dinner tables for this sold out event at Bacara Resort & Spa benefiting Direct Relief.
We are looking forward to a fun afternoon March 16th noon to 4 PM when we pour our wines at the Buellton Chili Fest!
Join us and 11 other wineries for this event 2:30 to 6:00 PM Saturday January 16, 2016 at The Bacara Resort & Spa.
Tickets $80 at nightout.com
Baehner Fournier Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Mild cedar aromas are lightly lifted by hints of mint over a foundation of cocoa, black cherry and dark plum. Flavors continue with plum, pomegranate and mint. Long, soft tannins linger with a touch of black walnut and blond tobacco.
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is the most balanced of the 2013 vintage wines from Baehner Fournier. Raw, powerful and not yet fully formed, the 2013 is going to need time in the bottle to fully come together. Dark plum, cherry, herb, smoke, chocolate and tobacco gradually unfurl in the glass, but the tannins remain powerful and imposing. It will be interesting to see what time brings here.
– Antonio Galloni Vinous August 2015 89-90
– San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2016 Bronze Medal
154 cases produced
Merlot, the most widely planted red grape in the Bordeaux region of France, reaches its apogee of quality on the Right Bank of the Gironde River in the Pomerol district. There, often blended with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, it produces wines much appreciated for their juicy black plum and boysenberry flavors; soft, bushy textures; and moderately tannic backbone. Planted in gravelly-clay soils, Merlot in Pomerol is, above all, known for its immediate charms and remarkable ability to evolve and develop with bottle age. At Baehner-Fournier, it is this very particular expression of Merlot to which we aspire.
Made of 100% estate grown grapes from the Baehner-Fournier Vineyards, our 2013 Merlot expresses the sand and gravelly-clay terroir of 2 radically sloped, northeast facing blocks, planted in soils very similar to those found in Pomerol and in the neighboring St. Emillion. Fruit, picked at moderate levels of ripeness, is destemmed and gently crushed to small open top fermenters and, after a 3 day cold-soak, spends an average of 18 days on skins to best extract the intense flavors and aromas that the estate vineyard produces. Aging for 19 months in 20% new French oak has resulted in a polished, glossy mouth feel and subtle aromas of coffee and mocha.
Aromas of sweet Bing Cherries mingle with sage, hints of clove, nutmeg and dried flowers. On the palate dried cherries blend with flavors of black currant and spice. Long soft tannins create a plush backdrop to the fruit.
Winemaker Steve Clifton
Antonio Galloni Vinous 89
San Francisco Chronicle 2016 Wine Competition Silver Medal
48 cases produced