2014 Petit Verdot – Los Olivos District

Petit Verdot, perhaps the most misunderstood of the five Bordeaux varietals, likely predates the dominant Cabernet Sauvignon on the Left Bank of Gironde River. Its origins are obscure, with its first mention in literature on the Bordeaux region dating to the early eighteenth century, but it probably originated in points further south, in the Tarn Valley near the southwestern French city of Toulouse. It has fallen out of favor in Bordeaux, due in no small part to its tendency to ripen very late in the season, often after the first major winter rains. In California, meanwhile, Petit Verdot has found a favorable home where it easily ripens during the Indian Summers for which the state is known.

This wine bursts with aromas of plum and dried strawberry mingled with soft notes of cedar and rosewood. Red, yellow and dried plum flavors dominate highlighted by a mentholated herb de provence finish.

Steve Clifton-Winemaker

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$34/bottle
$340/case
96 cases produced

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2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Vogelzang Vineyard

Aromas of fresh Meyer lemon and Provencal herbs rise out of the glass. The palate continues with a citrus freshness culminating in a lilthing Mandarin orange finish. Serve this with fresh shellfish dishes or simple summer vegetables.

Winemaker: Steve Clifton
95 cs produced

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$25 per bottle
$250 per case
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2017 Rosé de Merlot

The 2017 Rosé de Merlot was hand harvested from our lower lying Misty Vineyard where it reach a Brix of 22. The half- ton of fruit was gently crushed and allowed skin contact with the juice for 12 hours. The thicker skin Merlot provides a deeper Rose’ than that from Pinot Noir and Grenache. The resulting pleasant coral hue foretells the light raspberry and pomegranate essence on both the nose and the palate. Austere and mineral driven, this rose” begs for a summer picnic. Serve with fresh summer veggies, pate”, creamy cheese, and light summer fish dishes..

50 cases produced.

Winemaker – Steve Clifton

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$25/bottle
$275/case
$72.50/ 3 bottle pack

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Vintage 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown

2015-Cabernet-SauvignonThe Baehner Fournier Vineyards exudes alluring aromas of cedar, nutmeg and wild anise surrounded by a base of elegant dark berry fruit. Blueberry mingles with soft hints of forest floor and a lifting pine needle essence. The long supple tannins on the finish are reminiscent of a fine, dark fermented tea.

Steve Clifton Winemaker

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$34/bottle
$340/case
60 cases produced
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V3 – Vintage 2014

Baehner V3 2014On 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.

Score 92

— Antonio Galloni August 2015

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$42/bottle
$420/case

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2016 Merlot Estate Grown

Santa Ynez Valley AVA, 89% Merlot/11% 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 2016 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 24 months in 20% new French oak has resulted in a polished, glossy mouth feel and subtle aromas of coffee and mocha.

Pomegranate, black berry and mission fig are immediate, mild sandalwood, mint and rosemary follow. Dark plum and black plum skin flavors on the pallet.  A spicy cinnamon and nutmeg finish.

Winemaker Steve Clifton

 

Retail price:

$34/bottle
$340/case

48 cases produced

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