Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bristol Farms reviews the 2007 VELLUM

This, the inaugural release of Vellum Wine Craft cabernet, looks to be the launch of a promising endeavor. Two young enterprising wine professionals began their own project sourcing fruit from a group of small growers in the Coombsville area in southern Napa Valley. The grapes were sustainably farmed, hand harvested and strictly sorted to select only the best clusters. The fruit was gently crushed and cold fermented keeping the vibrancy and brilliance of the cooler climate fruit. The wine is then transferred to French oak barrels that were grown in sustainably grown forests. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered to guarantee depth as well as longevity. The resulting wine is a pure, racy, bright yet intensely flavored cabernet with superb balance and grace. Not wimpy, but compact, lovely, elegant and lingering. The wine is packed with flavors of mixed berries, café latte, toast and graphite. A welcome departure from the fatiguing over-the-top wines that we seem to be getting tired of. Great with grilled beef, pork, or chocolate desserts.

- Geoff Nicoll, Director Beer, Wine & Spirits

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