2016 COURTNEY BENHAM MELANGE DU BAUM STAGS LEAP DISTRICT

$100.00

Stags Leap District produces some of the most powerfully captivating and intensely concentrated Bordeaux grapes in Napa Valley, but it’s rare for us to be able to offer one at an affordable price. The region became more recognized after the 1976 Judgement in Paris when Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet bested first-growth Bordeaux from Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. Courtney Benham’s 2016 Melange du Baum perfectly reflects everything that makes the area desirable.

Stags Leap is recognized for its soils composed of clay sediments and volcanic deposits. These soils, combined with the heat reflecting off the rocky palisades, gives a balance to the cooling breeze from the South and makes the terroir genuinely unique.

Winemaker Courtney Benham has three decades of experience, and his talent for selecting vineyards of distinction is highly evident in this wine. The 2016 vintage is rich in supple dark fruits, brilliant complexity, and silky tannins.  

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2016 COURTNEY BENHAM MELANGE DU BAUM STAGS LEAP DISTRICT, NAPA VALLEY

Tasting Notes from Master Sommelier, “The Courtney Benham Melange du Baum 2016 red wine is a real joy to experience. The nose has an alluring opulence with muddled blackberries, black plums, French lavender, and sweet vanilla, followed by blueberry pie, creme de cassis, liquid minerals, and light baking spices. The lush, rich palate begins with penetrating, focused flavors of mixed red and black berries, ripe plums, berry cobbler, and floral notes, followed by a brilliant, lingering finish. It is the perfect blend of power and elegance, and made in a style that just about any red wine lover will cherish.” Kevin Vogt 95 POINTS

Body meets pavement. Terroir meets meticulous winemaking. One has a dramatic effect on the other. Inspired by a misfortunate tumble off his Baum, Courtney Benham wines represent how terroir can shape a wine, much like rugged terrain can shape a cyclist.

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