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Solus – Vintage 2012

The 2012 Solus has really come together nicely since I tasted it a year ago. Dark cherry, plum, mocha and spice are all pushed forward in a pliant, expressive wine to drink young, while the flavors remain vibrant.

– Antonio Galloni August 2015

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$34/bottle
$340/case
154 cases produced

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V3 – Vintage 2012

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The 2012 V3, Baehner Fournier’s top bottling is terrific. Deep, layered and beautifully expressive throughout, the 2012 has turned out nicely. A distinctly forward, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, the 2012 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.

Score 92

— Antonio Galloni August 2015

Retail price:

$42/bottle
$420/case

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2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Vogelzang Vineyard

baehner fournier 2013 SAUVIGNON BLANCMade from one row of grapevines at the Vogelzang Vineyard in the Happy Canyon region of Santa Barbara County, our Sauvignon Blanc benefits from custom farming and a close collaboration between vineyard manager and winemaker. Known for its warm to hot daytime temperatures and only slight maritime influence, the Vogelzang Vineyard tends to produce wines that reflect this warmth and typically feature creamy citrus and melon notes. Grapes harvested in the cold hours before dawn are pressed whole cluster directly to a small stainless steel tank to settle overnight. The clear juice is then transferred to neutral French Oak barrels to ferment naturally with its own yeast.  The wine is allowed to ferment and develop on its own for 6 months in neutral barrels and bottled in the spring to capture the purity of the fruit and all its energy.

Hints of Meyer lemon mix with Kaffir lime, straw and white flowers. This is a leaner more focused version of Sauvignon Blanc, with bright aromas that evoke the sunshine with which the Happy Canyon appellation is blessed. On the palate, spicy flavors of white pepper, cherimoya , and lemon curd blend with lichee, lemon grass and mace.  Enjoy this wine with fresh seared sea scallops, roast chicken and asparagus dishes and Salads de Jeur.

Steve Clifton
Winemaker
154 cs produced

The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Vogelzang Vineyard is striking. Peach, melon, spices and white flowers are laced together in a rich, ample Sauvignon built on texture. Sweet floral notes from the Musque clone add an exotic flair on the finish.

Antonio Galloni Rating 89

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$25 per bottle
$250 per case
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2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Vogelzang Vineyard

Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Vogelzang Vineyard

2012BFVSBfrontlabelThe Vogelzang Vineyard, in the Happy Canyon region of Santa Barbara County, has proven itself to be an ideal sight for growing Sauvignon Blanc. A slight morning time marine influence and magnesium inflected soils produce wines marked by deep honeydew melon flavors and scintillating acidity.

Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which originated in the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French word sauvage (“wild”), in reference to its sometimes pungent and grassy aromas. Sauvignon blanc is planted in many of the world’s wine producing areas, most notably the Bordeaux and Loire regions in France and the Marlborough region of New Zealand. In California, Sauvignon Blanc has been a bit of a chameleon, at times producing wines similar to the gooseberry and fresh mowed hay character of New Zealand, at others yielding wines of depth and breeding that lean more towards the melon end of the flavor spectrum. It is to this latter iteration of Sauvignon Blanc that we aspire, a style more characteristic of white Bordeaux than of New Zealand or the Loire Valley.

Made from one row of grapevines at the Vogelzang Vineyard in the Happy Canyon region of Santa Barbara County, our Sauvignon Blanc benefits from custom farming and a close collaboration between vineyard manager and winemaker. Known for its warm to hot daytime temperatures and only slight maritime influence, the Vogelzang Vineyard tends to produce wines that reflect this warmth and typically feature creamy citrus and melon notes. Grapes harvested in the cold hours before dawn are destemmed, lightly crushed, and allowed to macerate on skins for four hours before being gently pressed. Fermentation commences in a small stainless tank, the temperature is allowed to rise to an ideal 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and the juice is transferred to neutral French oak barrels after two thirds of the fermentation has completed. Aging for 6 months in oak with occasional lees stirring is followed by a light fining with skim milk and a gentle bottling.

Classic aromas of honeydew melon are accented by just enough grassiness to let you know you are drinking Sauvignon Blanc. On the palate, spicy flavors of white pepper, melon, and grapefruit are balanced by scintillating acidity and a deep, lush mouthfeel—the result of extended aging on lees. Sauvignon Blancs made in this style are delicious upon release with all sorts of richer summer fare and can often develop nuance in bottle with a year or two of aging.

Nick de Luca, Winemaker

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2010 Merlot Estate Grown

Santa Ynez Valley AVA, 83% Merlot/17% Cabernet Sauvignon

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 2010 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.

Lifted aromas of black cherry and currant give way to deeper notes of blackberry and tobacco. Similar flavors of black cherry dominate the palate along with soft Santa Rosa plum nuances. Satiny in texture—the result of gentle fining with egg whites—our 2010 Merlot features a brilliant burst of vibrant acidity on the finish, keeping the wine fresh and balanced. Lush and drinkable now, this wine should develop further coffee and tobacco characters with 5 to 7 years of bottle age.

Nick de Luca, Winemaker

Retail price:

$34/bottle
$340/case

151 cases produced

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2010 “Solus” Cabernet Sauvignon

Santa Ynez Valley, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Baehner-Fournier Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the world’s most famous and important grape varieties, is known to produce profound wines in both its ancestral home on the left bank of the Gironde River in Bordeaux as well as in many areas of the New World, Napa Valley being particularly famous. When grown in cooler, more humid areas such as Bordeaux, the wine is often very sturdy, displaying cassis and tobacco flavors with a remarkable ability to develop with several decades of aging. In warmer, drier areas such as Napa, the wines produced tend to have enormous black currant-tinged fruit, low acid and soft tannins. At Baehner-Fournier, in the Santa Ynez Valley, we aspire to a theoretical blend of the two regions, combining some of the power and succulent fruit that the New World is known for with the structure and grace that is more characteristic of Bordeaux.

Made of 100% estate grown grapes from the Baehner-Fournier Vineyard, our 2010 “Solus” expresses the sand and gravelly-clay terroir of 2 blocks planted along the ridge that runs through the property as well as one block planted on a drastically sloped east facing hillside. The high quality French clones 191 and 341 are used exclusively. 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 and 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 mouthfeel and highlights of cocoa and white pepper. A light pre-bottling fining with two egg whites per barrel further softens the tannins and brings an amazingly silky feel to the wine

Lifted aromas of bing cherry and cassis give way to grace notes of raspberry liqueur. Similar flavors of cherry dominate the palate along with more of the raspberry highlights. Silky in texture, our 2010 “Solus” Cabernet Sauvignon features delicate shadings of chocolate and vivid acidity on the finish, keeping everything fresh. Lush and drinkable now, this wine should develop tobacco and cedar characters with up to 10 years of bottle age.

Nick de Luca, Winemaker

Retail price:

$28/bottle
$280/case
247 cases produced

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Merlot – Vintage 2008

This is our inaugural release of our 100% MERLOT from our Estate Rainbow & Misty Vineyards. The wine is a classic Merlot showing a pure ruby color and offering aromas of black cherry, plum, and blackberry with hints sweet pipe tobacco, menthol, and edges of lavender and sage. The wine explodes in the mouth with unexpected richness, depth, complexity and a silky smooth elegance not often found hereabouts.

 

Solus – Vintage 2007

This is our inaugural release of a purely varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has an almost bluish-purple hue. The nose opens with sour cherry and cranberry fruit. Following notes include tanned leather, wood smoke, sweet tobacco, mint and rose petals. At first the flavors are a little tight and edgy. But the wine has solid acidity and a firm backbone of tannin, and softens easily with decanting and aeration in the glass. I feel this wine has the stuffing and structure to age well and for quite a long period. Complementary foods demand steak or lamb, with any combination of tomatoes, olives and garlic. (Consume 2010 – 2017)

Accolades

Gold Medal at the 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition

SOLUS – Vintage 2008

This is only our second release of a purely varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine shows a lovely deep ruby color. The vineyard’s signature aromas and flavors of cherry and cassis dominate, while subtle notes of cedar, camphor, white pepper and pencil shavings round out the aromatics. The wine was aged entirely in French oak barrels, of which 20% were new barrels. A firm texture of natural acidity and sweet tannins balance out the intensity of the fruit on the palate, and encourage the notion that this wine will have a long life while developing and aging in the bottle.

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Accolades

Silver Medal at the 2011 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

 

V3 – Vintage 2011

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Made of 100% estate grown grapes from the Baehner-Fournier Vineyard, our 2011 V3 expresses the sand and gravelly-clay terroir of the 5 ridgeline and radically sloped blocks that comprise the ranch. Planted in soils very similar to those of Bordeaux, the vines are subjected to blustery winds and extremes of temperature that produce small berries and concentrated flavors. 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 and average of 18 days on skins to best extract the intense flavors and aromas that the estate vineyard produces. Aging for 18 months in 33% new French oak and a traditional fining with 2 egg whites per barrel have resulted in a firm and vibrant mouthfeel, with mocha-tinged aromas and flavors.

Sophisticated aromas of coffee and blackberry are complimented by similar flavors of dark fruits and black cherries. On the palate, our 2011 V3 is notable for its noble structure that is a reflection of the cool 2011 vintage. Delicious now, the wine’s firm tannins and fresh acid suggest that it will benefit from several years of careful cellaring. Optimum window of enjoyment: 2014 through 2021.

Retail price:

$34/bottle
$340/case

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Accolades

Double Gold Medal Score 97 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal Score 91 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Silver Medal 2014 Orange County Wine Soc. Commercial Wine Competition


 

V3 – Vintage 2009

2009V3front_webThis bottling represents the third release of our Gold Medal award winning “V3” Blend, and we feel it may be our best yet. Grown entirely on the steep hillsides of our estate vineyards in the Eastern Santa Ynez Valley, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot offers the vineyard’s signature flavors and aromas of cherry, cassis, rose petals and sweet spices. Bold and complex on the palate, the wine will continue to age and develop further complexity in the bottle for many years. 248 cases produced.

2009 V3 is available only in Magnum 1.5 Liter bottles.

$100/bottle
$500/case

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Accolades

Gold Medal 2011 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal at the 35th Annual Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition June  2011
Gold Medal- 2011 Riverside International Wine Competition