Bootleg Napa Valley Red Blend 2013

$34.99

94 pts - fantastic discovery                            94 Points Robert Parker: "The 2013 Proprietary Red from Bootleg is a major sleeper of not only the vintage, but in its entire concept. There are just over 8,000 cases of this wine, which has been culled from KJ vineyards on Atlas Peak, Oakville, Mt. Veeder, Rutherford and Spring Mountain. The wine is a blend of 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 21% Zinfandel, 12% Merlot, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. That’s like throwing in the entire kitchen sink, but the result is a stunningly delicious, complex, big-time, sexy style of wine with a deep, opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blackberries and blueberries, with some lavender Provençal herbs, licorice and a touch of espresso. The wine has a fabulous texture, a plush, full-bodied mouthfeel, and beautiful purity and depth. It’s something that could only be made in California, given the blend, but it is off-the-charts in terms of its hedonistic appeal. At the same time, it is complex enough to satisfy the intellectual senses as well. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. A big-time winner." Bootleg Red Blend is opulent, plush, and luscious with red and black fruit, soft tannins and velvety texture. In crafting this 2013 Bootleg Red Blend, winemaker Brian Kosi's intent was to make a big, luscious red blend with loads of dark fruit and power. He used Merlot from Stagecoach Vineyard to serve as the base due to its upfront red fruit and soft tannins that make this wine approachable early on. Combined, the other varietals add structure, depth and richness that bring this blend together.

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Ratings on Delectable

Isaac Pirolo Delectable Pro

Bootleg is the newest Napa label under the Jackson Family umbrella, which also includes Cardinale, Freemark Abbey, Galerie, La Jota, Lokoya, and Mt. Brave. The label pays homage to “the winegrowing rogues, who smuggled vine cuttings from renowned French vineyards and replanted them in California.” Kristy Melton, formerly director of winemaking at Clos du Val, crafts the wines and this blend of 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 21% Zinfandel, 12% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. The fruit is sourced from vineyards on Atlas Peak, Oakville, Mt. Veeder, Rutherford and Spring Mountain. Parker called it “off-the-charts in terms of its hedonistic appeal” and I can’t disagree. Blackberry, kirsch and cassis combine to yield an ultra rich fruit bomb, but it doesn’t stop there, adding Rutherford dust, cocoa powder, licorice, purple flowers, cedar, and crushed rock. I’ve heard several comparisons of this to the wines of Orin Swift, and while both are fruit bomb, high octane wines, I’m more inclined to compare this to something like Andy Erickson’s Leviathan.

Bootleg is the newest Napa label under the Jackson Family umbrella, which also includes Cardinale, Freemark Abbey, Galerie, La Jota, Lokoya, and Mt. Brave. The label pays homage to “the winegrowing rogues, who smuggled vine cuttings from renowned French vineyards and replanted them in California.” Kristy Melton, formerly director of winemaking at Clos du Val, crafts the wines and this blend of 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 21% Zinfandel, 12% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. The fruit is sourced from vineyards on Atlas Peak, Oakville, Mt. Veeder, Rutherford and Spring Mountain. Parker called it “off-the-charts in terms of its hedonistic appeal” and I can’t disagree. Blackberry, kirsch and cassis combine to yield an ultra rich fruit bomb, but it doesn’t stop there, adding Rutherford dust, cocoa powder, licorice, purple flowers, cedar, and crushed rock. I’ve heard several comparisons of this to the wines of Orin Swift, and while both are fruit bomb, high octane wines, I’m more inclined to compare this to something like Andy Erickson’s Leviathan.

9.2

Alan Hyde

Starts out with some strong berry put there is virtually no finish.

Starts out with some strong berry put there is virtually no finish.

8.3

Jan A

Up two points on day two (94RP)

Up two points on day two (94RP)

9.2

Frank Kuo

Dark hazy purple with a bit bloody note on the rim. Nose of nice cherry, tobacco leaves, sweet dried fruit, a bit leather, a bit minty, and a bit strawberries. Taste is silky while the taste is a bit dull. Decide to wait for a few moments. After breathing, taste is quite with sweet with minty and earthy salty note, a bit zesty, and tobacco leaves again. Aftertaste is bittersweet, some bold tannins with a bit sulfate note, not impressed on the aftertaste. Overall the price tag is quite high but she has above average quality.

Dark hazy purple with a bit bloody note on the rim. Nose of nice cherry, tobacco leaves, sweet dried fruit, a bit leather, a bit minty, and a bit strawberries. Taste is silky while the taste is a bit dull. Decide to wait for a few moments. After breathing, taste is quite with sweet with minty and earthy salty note, a bit zesty, and tobacco leaves again. Aftertaste is bittersweet, some bold tannins with a bit sulfate note, not impressed on the aftertaste. Overall the price tag is quite high but she has above average quality.

9.2

David Burke

Rich cherry tones with a tobacco finish.

Rich cherry tones with a tobacco finish.

9.0

Jonathan Wall Delectable Pro

Bigly big. Gratuitous use of sediment.

Bigly big. Gratuitous use of sediment.

8.8

William Michael

94??? Not so much

94??? Not so much

8.8

Mareta Holt Giannotta

We tasted tobacco or maybe espresso? Not a great nose considering how full it is. Wonderful color. Smooth, full but not too robust, slightly dry finish, didn't linger. Paired with steak. Very good.

We tasted tobacco or maybe espresso? Not a great nose considering how full it is. Wonderful color. Smooth, full but not too robust, slightly dry finish, didn't linger. Paired with steak. Very good.

9.1

Ronnie Fung

Gina

Gina

9.1

Frank Lin

Very strong and burns a little. Fruity. Sweet. So-so bouquet. For this price tag, I prefer Lytton Springs. Very high alcohol content. Perhaps with more time it would prove to be a better wine.

Very strong and burns a little. Fruity. Sweet. So-so bouquet. For this price tag, I prefer Lytton Springs. Very high alcohol content. Perhaps with more time it would prove to be a better wine.

8.5

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