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Top 2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs

Our 2016 Bliss Sauvignon Blanc received a wonderful review as one of the top Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs from the 2016 vintage from the St Helena Star’s tasting panel. Blind tasting’s are always quite revealing!

Bougetz Cellars Bliss 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford ($26)

This wine is full of ripe peach, red apple and lemon citrus flavors, with a waft of white blossom perfume and a hint of ginger on a richly textured body.

Robert Parker give a pleasing nod to the 2014 Cabernets.

This may be the best set of scores, across the board, that we just received from The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker), for the 2014 Cabernets. While these wines won’t be released for another 9 months, its great to see the quality is already showing through.

2014 Prominence Cabernet Sauvignon – “Their most expensive wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Prominence, is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. Aged in 100% new French oak for 20 months, this is considered their flagship or reserve cuvée. The color is an almost impenetrable bluish purple/black. The stunning aromatics, which emerge from a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot, include crème de cassis, blackberry, licorice and graphite. Full-bodied, extremely young and vigorous with an impressive future, this is a stunner and a great example from Bougetz Cellars. This wine should evolve gorgeously for 15-20 more years. 95+ points

2014 Amaryllis Cabernet Sauvignon – “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Amaryllis, a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec, comes from Spring Mountain. The wine has an opaque bluish/purple color, a stunning blueberry and blackberry richness with background floral notes. It is concentrated and full-bodied with extravagant fruit hiding moderate levels of tannin. This is a wine of terrific purity and richness, and that $62.00 price is possibly one of the great values in world-class Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. This wine is going to go the distance and evolve over 15-20+ years time. Anyone lucky enough to latch onto a bottle should go deep in terms of purchasing – it’s that good. Drink it now, or drink it in 20 years. 95+ points

2014 Eminence Cabernet Sauvignon – “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Eminence is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. This wine plays it slightly closer to the vest. It has an impressively saturated black/purple/bluish color, blackberry and cassis fruit, licorice and graphite, but loads of tannin, a full-bodied mouthfeel and seems to be a more long-distance runner than it s siblings. Forget it for 2-3 years and drink it over the following 15-20. 92+ points

2014 Jovana Merlot/Cabernet Franc – “The 2014 Proprietary Red Jovana is a blend of 63% Merlot and 37% Cabernet Franc. This attractive, sexy wine has depth, richness, a dark ruby/purple color and a juicy, round personality. There is blueberry, black raspberry and forest floor notes, light tannin and (in keeping with the hallmark of 2014) a lushness and front-end loaded fruitiness that is irresistible. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. 93 points

Rethinking Napa Valley’s cooler 2011 vintage

While 2011 was a difficult vintage in Napa Valley, it is great to see our 2011 Eminence Cabernet Sauvignon receive accolades from the St Helena Star’s tasting panel. Blind tasting’s are always quite revealing!

Bougetz Cellars 2011 Eminence Napa Valley ($60)

This wine brings together fruit from Spring Mountain, Oakville, Pritchard Hill and Coombsville to create a rich sip of complex, dark fruit with herbs and a slight hint of violet floral. The generous tannins are balanced by fresh acidity.

Not to be outdone, James Suckling also gives great reviews to our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignons.

Another set of wonderful reviews for the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignons. The back to back stellar vintages show through in these reviews.

2013 Prominence Cabernet Sauvignon – “A red with lots of chocolate and berry character in addition to walnut undertones. Full and chewy. Needs time to soften. Shows the structure of a solid 2013. 94 points

2013 Eminence Cabernet Sauvignon – “Chewy and rich red with currant and berry character. Velvety texture. Full body. Needs time to come together. Better in 2019. 92 points

2013 Amaryllis Cabernet Sauvignon – “Aromas of berries, chocolate and walnuts follow through to a full body, firm and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Vibrant red. Drink now or hold. 92 points

James Suckling reviews our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignons.

We had a wonderful surprise when the reviews from James Suckling came out. Our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignons all reviews 92 or 93 points. Reviews are below.

2012 Prominence Cabernet Sauvignon – “Shows the opulence of the 2012 vintage with ripe currants and berries pus a hint of hazelnuts and chocolate. Full-bodied, flavorful and beautiful. Drink now or hold. 93 points

2012 Eminence Cabernet Sauvignon – “Aromas of currants, blackberries and hints of hazelnuts follow through to a full body, a tight palate and a long, flavorful finsih. Condensed and pretty. Drink or hold. 93 points

2012 Amaryllis Cabernet Sauvignon – “Tight and tangy red showing berry, chocolate and walnut-skin undertones. Medium-to full-bodied and tight wine, yet one that’s also intense and flavorful with a fruity and light cocoa aftertaste. Drink or hold. 92points

Great reviews for the 2013 Reds from The Wine Advocate.

Robert Parker reviewed the 2013 reds, right after bottling. These wines will only get better with time. Even in their infancy the wines showed quite well.

2013 Prominence Cabernet Sauvignon – “Lastly, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Prominence Reserve (95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 2% Malbec aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. It has an opaque, blue/purple color, a big, broad flavor profile of crème de cassis, blackberry, licorice, incense and camphor. It’s full-bodied, multilayered, impressive and a great value when you consider the pricing for high-end Napa Cabernet Sauvignons. This is a beauty that should age magnificently for 20 or more years. 95+ points

2013 Eminence Cabernet Sauvignon – “This is my first look at these wines. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Eminence, 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 4% Malbec aged 22 months in three-fourth new French oak, has rich cassis fruit, blueberries and impressive purity, medium to full-bodied texture, well-crafted style and a long finish. Drink it over the next 12-18+ years. 90 points

2013 Amaryllis Cabernet Sauvignon – “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Amaryllis is a blend of 93% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot from Spring Mountain. Nice, earthy black and red currant notes, with a hint of charcuterie and flowers are present in this interesting and intriguing singular wine. It’s medium-bodied, not heavy or overbearing, but ripe, rich and singular. It’s the sort of wine that requires introspection, but it’s all there. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. 90 points

2013 Jovana Merlot/Cabernet Franc – “The 2013 Proprietary Red Jovana is a blend of 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc aged 22 months in 50% new French oak. This is a real juicy, up-front, fruit-driven wine that’s not terribly complex, but is satisfying. With good round, sweet tannin, medium to full body and a lush finish, this will be a crowd-pleaser. Drink over the next decade. 89 points

The Nittany Epicurean reviews the 2012 Amaryllis Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.

Thanks Michael for taking the time to review another wine from Bougetz Cellars. Below is an except from his blog.

The wine showed a dark ruby almost opaque color. Blackberry, mocha, cassis, vanilla, plum and oak could all be found on a deep and complex nose. Blackberry, black cherry, mocha, vanilla, oak and hints of eucalyptus followed on the palate with the mocha and eucalyptus emerging as the wine opened up. The wine exhibited good structure and length. Quite tannic, it could be cellared for 3-5 years. This wine would pair well with a seared New York Strip Steak or a hearty lamb stew.

You can see the entire blog post/review here.

2013 The Cairn Pinot Noir – voted best Sonoma County Wine

Toast of the Coast Wine Competition is presented by the San Diego State Fair and is one of the premiere West Coast Wine Competitions. This year we entered the 2013 Bougetz Cellars The Cairn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and it won a gold medal for Under $40 Pinot Noir. It also won two additional awards, being selected the best Pinot Noir overall, as well as the Best Sonoma County Pinot Noir! We are very proud of our most recent release.


Great Review from the Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) on the 2012 Prominence Reserve Cabernet

2012 was the first vintage in which we were able to get our wines in front of Robert Parker at the Wine Advocate. We were very excited to get great reviews on our wines. Below is the review for the Prominence.

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Prominence Reserve is the star of the trio of 2012 Bougetz Cellars releases. Made from a blend of the best barrels from the estate’s Coombsville and Spring Mountain sources, it was aged in 100% new oak and exhibits an inky/purple color along with a sweet bouquet of blackcurrants and spring flowers, powerful, ripe, rich flavors, and a long, concentrated, boisterous finish. This serious red wine should only get better over the next several years and last 15 years or more. 91pts R.P.

Wine Enthusiast Rates the 2012 Eminence 90 Points and a Cellar Selection!

The 2012 Eminence Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has been rated a Cellar Selection and received a 90 point rating from Wine Enthusiast in their recent review published in the November 2015 issue.

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection

Made from a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon, with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, this is a big, juicy wine with high acidity and a taste of crisp, red fruit. Substantial tannins suggest cellaring through 2018–2020 to elongate the young, puckering finish. –V.B.

Bougetz Cellars Lot Sells for $14K at Premiere Napa Valley

The annual grand tasting and futures auction, held at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, helps to fund our work to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley appellation.

And wow, what an event! The morning barrel tasting session at the Culinary Institute of America was followed up by the auction. We want to congratulate Chan’s Wine World of Florida for getting the winning bid of $14,000.00 for the Bougetz Cellars lot! These specially crafted wine, besides its scarcity, will be a great example of Napa Valley mountain cabernet sauvignon!

Bougetz Cellars introduces its wines to The Nittany Epicurean.

Michael Chelus is known as the Nittnay Epicurean and we had the opportunity to get our wines in front of him. The first wine he reviews was the 2013 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc. Below is an except from his blog.

The wine showed a straw color. Tart apple, grapefruit, lime zest and slate arrived on the nose. Granny Smith apple, lime zest, grapefruit, slate and hints of dried apricot followed on a crisp palate. The wine exhibited good acidity and minerality, along with average structure and length. It would be a wonderful aperitif on a hot day or would do well paired with steamed mussels.

You can see the entire blog post/review here.

Bougetz Cellars, Featured Winery at Pairings – Nashville Wine Auction

Pairings – A Celebration of Food and Wine is presented by the Nashville Wine Auction which brings together top chefs from the greater Nashville area and pairs their dishes with premium wines from California. Bougetz Cellars is honored to be one of the featured wineries at this year’s event. The event is a two-day extravaganza in including two dinners, a silent and live auction, as well as consumer and trade tasting events. Throughout the two day event, we will be pouring our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 The Cairn Pinot Noir, 2011 Eminence Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Amaryllis Cabernet Sauvignon. More information on the event can be found here.

A trifecta of medals at the 2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

We entered 3 wines in this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC). The SFCWC is the largest competition of American Wines in the world. Bougetz Cellars received the following medals:

    • 2012 Sauvignon Blanc – Silver Medal
    • 2012 The Cairn Pinot Noir – Silver Medal
    • 2011 Eminence Cabernet Sauvigon – Silver Medal

Amaryllis Label Design – Beautiful Bottle Story

Our silk screen partner Monvera Glass does a video feature every once in a while highlighting something new and original in bottle design. See the video here highlighing the 2010 Amaryllis design.

Wine Enthusiast Rates the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc as Editor’s Choice!

The latest issue of Wine Enthusiast is out and we received the following review. Besides the excellent score, we received the Editor’s Choice designation for our Sauvignon Blanc.

90 Points(Editor’s Choice) – Wine Enthusiast

Lots of muscle in this punchy Sauvignon Blanc, with its ripe lemon, lime, orange and papaya flavors, made bright by crisp acidity. Despite a streak of honey, the finish is dry. Additional richness is provided by barrel fermentation and the addition of a little Sémillon. – S.H.

Summer is here, and this is the perfect wine for heat of the summer.

Wine Enthusiast Rates the 2010 Eminence 92 Points!

The 2010 Eminence Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon received a 92 point rating from Wine Enthusiast in their recent review published in the April 2013 issue.

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast

This dry, complex Cabernet Sauvignon bears classic Napa tannins, plus layers of blackberry, black currant, violet, mineral and cedar flavors. The grapes were grown in the Coombsville area. Drink now, after decanting, and continue to drink it through 2016. –S.H.

Drink up and enjoy. This wine is about gone.

2010 Amaryllis and 2010 Eminence receive medals

The 2010 Amaryllis Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Eminence Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon both received medals in the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC). The SFCWC is the largest competition of American Wines in the world. Bougetz Cellars received the following medals:

    • 2010 Amaryllis – Gold Medal
    • 2010 Eminence – Silver Medal

Furniture and Accessories for the Wine Lover

Our friends at Barrelly Conscious have crafted many lovely pieces of furniture and accessories out of retired wine barrels. An example seen here is a beautiful lazy Susan with the 2010 Bougetz Cellars Amaryllis insignia burned into it. Check out other ideas for gifts for your wine loving friends who think they have everything. You can see more of the craftsmanship here.

Amaryllis Label Design Receives Recognition

With the introduction of our newest Cabernet Sauvignon “Amaryllis”, we also have introduced a new design and are moving toward silk-screen packaging for all future bottled wines. The redesign, which was done by our longtime designer Jenny Doll (Jenny Doll Design), has received high praise. So much so, that Monvera Glass, our partner in silk-screening, featured the Amaryllis label design in a recent article in Wines & Vines showing the cool things you can do with this type of packaging. Take a look here to see our label presented in all its glory. You can read the entire article on etching and silk-screening here.

James Suckling Rates the 2008 Eminence 91 Points!

We were lucky enough to get our 2008 Eminence Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in front of James Suckling when he was in Napa tasting through the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon vintage. This was our first time in front of him, and tasting blind we received a very nice review..

“This has lots of coco character with pretty currants and berry character. Full and balanced with polished tannins and a long finish. Really delicious. Best in 2013. 91points

2009 Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir review by the Prince of Pinot

Our first vintage of Pinot Noir, we sourced the fruit out of Brosseau Vineyard in the Chalone AVA, near Monterey. The Prince of Pinot, who writes the wine column PinotFile was at our facility and tasted through many producer’s 2009 wines. We received the following write-up in his report.

“2009 Bougetz Cellars Brosseau Vineyard Chalone Pinot Noir 14.2% alc., $39. Crafted under the direction of Tom Bougetz. Moderately deep reddish-purple robe in the glass. Appealing aromas of well-spiced black berries. Generous core of perfectly ripe, sweet, and earth-kissed black cherries and black raspberries lingering on the fruit-driven, slightly hot, finish. Good. Reviewed July 23, 2011 “