Début Red Blend


Release Date

October 2018

Vineyard Location

Sierra Foothills Cabernet Franc and Lake County Merlot

Varietal Composition

67% Cabernet Franc 33% Merlot


Alcohol 14.3%

pH = 3.83

Residual sugar = 1.0g/L

Winemakers Notes

Our 2016 Début is a wine that was produced with the Right Bank Bordeaux style in mind. This wine has been blended to highlight the best of two varietals and showcases the rich elegance of two signature California vineyards.

The Cabernet Franc grapes were chosen from the Sierra Foothills, while the Merlot that was blended in was grown in the Hanson Ridge Vineyard in Lake County. Each of these vineyards are expertly farmed using Bordeaux practices. Bill Thompson further accentuated our homage to the Right Bank by using old world European techniques in the cellar.

The grapes were only destemmed. The whole berries were bin fermented separately in small lots at cool temperatures. This method creates a longer fermentation that accentuated the fruit flavors, while adding complexity. To avoid extraction of harsh tannins, no pumps were used until after the wine was pressed off the skins. The bins were hand punched daily and gently stirred.

Tasting Notes

2016 Wandering Cellars Début is a bold wine that highlights the combination of red fruit and floral aromas.

It opens with an exotic mix of black cherry, black currant and hints of herbs and warm spices. Blackberries and cherries tease the palate before exploding into a wine that is broad and mouth filling with soft tannins, elegant and focused from beginning to the long lingering finish.

This wine has the balance to age gracefully for a decade. Decanting this wine prior to drinking is recommended.








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