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We Have Released 2011 V3 For Your Enjoyment

V3 is Baehner Fournier Estate Vineyards in a Bordeaux Bottle! We had a smaller crop of Cabernet Sauvignon harvested in 2011 due to weather conditions at bud break but the fruit we brought in at harvest was concentrated and delicious.The Merlot and Petit Verdot vines achieved a wonderful outcome in quantity and quality. Couple this with a natural fermentation of single berries devoid of stems, a slow malolactate spontaneous second fermentation, eighteen months ageing in 35% new French oak barrels under cool temperature controlled conditions in the cellar then carefully bottled last March, our new winemaker Steve Clifton gave us the ” release command” last week in time for its presentation at the Celebration of the Harvest Festival. The response put smiles on Vickie and my face. The 2011 V3 Bordeaux Blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 25% Petit Verdot and is ready for the long run! Drink it now or along the way as it reaches full maturity over the next five years.BFV2011V3inaglass

Solvang Festival Theater Patrons’ Nights

The Patrons of the Solvang Festival Theater will enjoy a complimentary glass of our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon “Solus” in the newly renovated Patron’s Garden prior to each of the four Patrons Night summer performances by the Pacific Coast Performing Arts Theater Group.
(PCPA)  Our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc will be available for the Sunday afternoon Jazz in the Garden ” Under The Oaks” series throughout the summer. For details


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Vintner’s Festival Thank You

BFVVintnersFestRobThanks to all our devotees and new fans of BFV who stopped by to taste.  Beautiful day, great attendance and some awesome wines. A special thanks to Dr Rob Baehner for helping us pour our wines.  Our 2012 first edition Sauvignon Blanc from Happy Canyon received high praise. It will be ready for the market in a few weeks.

2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Results

All of our 2010 Wines won GOLD & SILVER awards!!! The 2010 Petit Verdot Estate and the 2010 Merlot Estate were awarded GOLD and the 2010 Solus Cabernet Sauvignon Estate was awarded SILVER. We will be pouring these wines February 16th in San Francisco at the Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center.

Cabernet Sauvignon SOLUS Spring Sale

Enjoy these Spring days and nights with a bottle of our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon SOLUS Estate Grown. We reduced the price from $34 to $28 !

Winemaker Nick de Luca’s Accessesment of the Cellar Wines

An early assessment of the 2012 wines

– The Merlot has been in barrel for almost a month and is coming along nicely. It is a bit tough to evaluate at the moment, as it is still not through ML. That said, it has nice richness and is seriously structured. It should easily make a single varietal bottling. Flavors lean towards black cherry and licorice.

– The Cabernet Sauvignon lots have both been pressed early this week. The larger of the two lots received a healthy dose of new French oak—a higher percentage than has traditionally been the case for Baehner-Fournier—as I feel it has the guts and concentration to handle the additional structure that new wood can bring to a wine.

– The Petit Verdot is remarkable. It is tremendously dark, with a good impression of sweetness and richness on the palate. Surprisingly supple for the variety, it should be an uncharacteristically showy wine early in its life. I am extremely pleased with it and will be pressing it off sometime early next. It is slated for 50% new wood to lend some structure to the outrageous level of fruit.

As a whole, I am ecstatic with the 2012s. They are very structured yet with showy fruit. They should serve as a nice counterpoint to the succulent and vibrant nature of the 2011 V3.


Petit Verdot Estate Grown Released To The Public

We have finally released our love wine Petit Verdot 2010 Estate Grown after 19 month of barrel aging and 5 months more of bottle aging!

Please read Nick de Luca’s winemaker tasting notes in the Media Section found in the lower left corner of our Home Page.

We have released our 2010 Solus 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and our 2010 Merlot!

Please go to our Wine Store to read about these two newly released Estate Grown wines. Read the tasting notes by our Winemaker Nick de Luca.