EPIC Mike Smith – Jim Barbour Cabernet



Bench Vineyards is a new family venture from Sam Sharp and Allison Steltzner. The Estate consists of 30 acres and sits next door to Odette and some other great Stag’s Leap vineyards. The name “Bench Vineyards” comes from its unique topography – a true “benchland” vineyard located on the eastern side of the Napa Valley, directly below the Stag’s Leap Palisades.

The vineyard was planted in 1964.  Fast forward to 2011. The family hires vineyardist extraordinaire Jim Barbour and his team to “recultivate” the vineyard, and 100 point winemaker Mike Smith (Myriad, Carter, 12c, Scarlett, Quivet, etc.). Mike and Jim were very impressed with the potential and after trial blends in 2012 and 13 they officially released the first “commercial” Bench Vineyards wine in 2014. An all estate blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a good dusting of Malbec and Petit Verdot.

Bench Vineyards 2015 “Circa 64” Cabernet-Blend Estate
Stag’s Leap Napa Valley

Retail 110.00 – GGWC 104.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
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Amazing color, somewhat inky which tells me intensity! On the nose this wine is bursting with bright black stone fruit and a hint of spice. This gorgeous youngster offers up astounding flavors of crème de cassis, licorice, black stone fruits and a whiff of toasty vanilla.  The wine is full and lush in body, yet extremely well-balanced with the right balance of fruit/acid ratios. The tannins are fine grained and well-integrated with a 30 second finish. Only 250 cases of this second release were produced!

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