Bedrock Wine Co. 2015 'Cuvee Karatas' Bordeaux Blanc, Sonoma Valley

Bedrock Wine Co. 2015 'Cuvee Karatas' Bordeaux Blanc, Sonoma Valley

Item Number: 9882

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Sonoma
Appellation/AVA: Sonoma Valley
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.1
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Winemaker Notes: "After a few years hiatus (the last we produced was the 2012), Cuvee Karatas is back! One of my favorite wines we make, when we have the material to make it, the Karatas is based around the oldest Semillon plantings left in the country. Planted in the 1880s at the stunning Monte Rosso Vineyard, the Semillon is one-of-a-kind stuff. Whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented in a combination of new Stockinger barrels and older barrique in a range of sizes, the Semillon is weighty and expressive. Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Judge Vineyard in Bennett Valley and Uboldi Vineyard in Kenwood were blended in to make a classic “Bordeaux Blanc” style wine.

This is delicious now but should age gracefully for quite a while. We find that with time more of the Semillon oiliness and tobacco character comes out, while in its youth the raciness of the Sauvignon Blanc is more defining of the aromatic and fruit profile. This is easily my favorite version of this wine since the original 2008 (which is aging beautifully!)." - Morgan Twain-Peterson

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (10/28/2016)

    The 2015 Cuvée Karatas Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, the latter from a parcel of Semillon planted in the 1880s in the Monte Rosso Vineyard. Morgan Peterson says it is “one-of-a-kind stuff” and there is no reason to doubt him. This is more of an over-the-top flamboyant, rather amazing wine with notes of orange marmalade, honeydew melon, jam, quince, white currants and flowers. There was an almost unctuous quality to the texture and super-concentration from these two varieties. Most of this is from dry-farmed vineyards and the honeyed, low-yields that were present in 2015 are translated into this wonderfully fresh, incredible wine that almost behaves like one of the great Ygrecs from Chateau d’Yquem. Drink it over the next 5-7 years, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it last longer.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (3/1/2017)

    Bedrock's 2015 Cuvée Karatas, is a gorgeous Sauvignon/Semillon blend. Lemon confit, white flowers and orchard fruit are beautifully delineated, but it is the wine's textural balance and overall poise that truly stand out.