Buoncristiani Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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We met Nate Buoncristiani when he visited us at the Bottle Shop in February of 2014. We tasted through almost all of his family's wines including: 2012 Triad Blanc, 2012 Chardonnay (which we bought on the spot!), 2009 OPC red blend, 2010 Malbec and this 2010 Cabernet. All of the wines were big and luxurious, with polished mouthfeels and good balance in spite of intense richness. Nate told us that the backbone of the fruit for this Cabernet is from Coombsville, Napa's newest official AVA, which has been the source of high quality ('killer' as Nate would say!) Cabernet for many years. The brothers are also really into Syrah and Malbec. Nate said that Syrah is the 'Queen' to Cabernet as 'King'. The OPC has a big dose of both, as a blend of 40% Cab, 30% Syrah, 16% Merlot and 14% Malbec, and seems to be a possible future trend in Napa. Remember, Syrah is one of the original 'black grapes' that Californians blended for years with Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and more in big field vineyards. Nate's brother Jay is the winemaker, who worked at Hess Vineyards before the brothers set up Buoncristiani in their parents' garage at their home in Napa.
Wine AdvocateMoving up to the flagship wines, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 2% Merlot (374 cases produced). This seamless, flawlessly constructed wine exhibits lots of blueberry, blackberry, cassis and spring flower characteristics as well as subtle background oak. Full-bodied, opulent and Margaux-like, only richer and denser, this sensational 2010 once again proves how impressive this vintage can be. Enjoy it over the next 15-20 years.