The 2015 Maestro Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah is a deeply colored wine with vibrant aromas of boysenberry, blueberry, fresh espresso and pepper spice notes. The palate is rich and lush with flavors of juicy, macerated berries, mocha and subtle dried lavender. The tannins are incredibly silky and smooth and the core of bright acidity gives the wine good balance, adding to its overall drinkability now or cellaring for several years. This is an intriguing and unique wine and a blend you don’t often see in the Napa Valley but will be a pleasing discovery for many.
With a generous splash of Syrah, this is a New World interpretation of a Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The Syrah adds unexpected spiciness and juicy, ripe fruit expression. The rich blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon predominate, while Syrah contributes lush blueberry syrup notes and hints of peppery spice. A sweet smoky note from aging in French oak barrels adds complexity. Charming in its youth, this wine will continue to develop complexity with proper bottle aging.
Vintage & Winemaking Notes
Napa Valley received 75% of its normal rainfall in the winter prior to the 2015 harvest but the cumulative effect of four years of drought resulted in a light crop. Fortunately, the vintage made up for the small quantity by yielding outstanding grape quality. The small clusters and dry, warm conditions promoted an early, condensed harvest. The wines of 2015 are highly concentrated with complex flavors and the ability to age.
After hand harvesting, the grapes were immediately brought into the winery. The grapes were destemmed and crushed and cold soaked for 2 to 4 days to gently ease color and flavor. During the 10 to 12-day fermentation, timely pump overs kept the skins in contact with the juice for excellent flavor and tannin extraction. The wine spent 20 months in 50% new oak (a mix of French and Hungarian) before being blended, giving the final wine softened tannins and a smooth mouthfeel.
Varietal Blend: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah
Oak Treatment: 20 months in 50% new oak (a mix of French and Hungarian)
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2015 Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Collection Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah Blend, Napa Valley - $62 = 12.39%
Howdy Casemates! It’s been a while; we’ve been hunkered down up here in wine country. I texted WineDavid last week and he responded with “who’s this?” Hmm…. clearly I’ve done a poor job of checking in at WCC HQ.
That said, I’m glad I reached out, because lo and behold I found a bottle under the mat when I opened my front door this eve. The 2015 BV Maestro Collection Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah.
I was intrigued- for a few reasons. The BV label has always command’s respect for me- yes it’s part of the big, corporate wine world these days, but it’s OG status is undeniable; and one of my ‘a-ha’ bottles early in my wine journey was a late 60’s Georges de Latour Cabernet. And then there’s the blend… I cut my teeth back in the day on some “Bordeaux meets the Rhone” blends down in Paso Robles. Lastly - 2015. A year that had some weather that made for low yields, but I’ve not found many bad bottles from the vintage.
So, after letting the bottle rest for a good twelve minutes, I popped the cork and poured a glass. Nice, deep color, and the nose is lively - dark, ripe berry fruit. Smells like a Napa cab- I’m not getting any Syrah influence on the nose. On the palate- BIG FRUIT. Rich, ripe, dark/blue fruit with a hint of pruney-ness. If you told me there was a smidgeon of RS, I’d believe you. Not a lot of tannin or acid, medium finish. Easy drinking; and it’s warming me up on a cool, December night.
Those of you who know me know that I’m not a Napa Cab guy, so this is admittedly slightly out of my wheelhouse. But I suspect for those who like big fruit-forward California Cabernet and Cab blends, this will deliver satisfaction in spades, especially for $37.50 a bottle. This wine could likely be cellared for a few more years, but I don’t see a reason to lay it down. It’s ready to drink now.
Hope ya’ll are doing well out there. Happy holidays!
@highonpez This is probably a good price for a premium Napa cab blend. However it doesn’t sound like the taste profile I’d seek out. If I am spending this much, it would most likely be for a WA wine where there are some excellent ones to be found. Places like Walla Walla also carry a price premium but in most cases not as extreme as the Napa prices. And I think I just tend to like the characteristics of the Northwest wines.