"...Bootleg is a major sleeper of not only the vintage, but in its entire concept." --Robert Parker
Bootleg was born from the unexpected. Our winemaker Brian Kosi is a graduate of UC Davis and former assistant winemaker for Napaís foundational Freemark Abbey Winery. Although his winemaking roots are firmly in the traditional, Brian has always had a deep love for experimental red blends. His behind-the-scene passion projects allow him to explore the art of blending the unexpected, and thus Bootleg was born.
In crafting this Bootleg Red Blend, Brianís intent was to make a big, luscious red blend with loads of dark fruit and power. He used Merlot from Napaís Stagecoach Vineyard to serve as the base due to its upfront red fruit and soft tannins that make this wine approachable early on. The other varietals add structure, depth and richness which bring this blend full circle.
Bootleg Red Blend 2013 $37.99
94 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. Thats 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 Provenal herbs, licorice and a touch of espresso. The wine has a fabulous texture, a plush, full-bodied mouthfeel, and beautiful purity and depth. Its 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.
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