Reeve Wines, "Libertine Nº 5" Red Blend, Sonoma County, CA
This multi-vintage cuvée is a blend of Sangiovese and a handful of other red grapes that has notes of black fruit, plum, dark cherries, green herbs, and a velvety texture.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Sonoma County
REGION: Northern California
SUBREGION: Dry Creek Valley
VINTAGE: XV (cross vintage)
GRAPES: Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dolcetto, Barbera, Merlot
PRACTICE: Sustainable, low intervention
VINIFICATION: In a modified solera system, 3-4 barrels are held back from each vintage to blend into the next year’s batch.
COLOR: Light garnet
BODY: Medium (5-6)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Cherries, berries, herbs, and balsam
FLAVOR: Black fruit, velvety texture, vegetal
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Pair with dishes such as steak tartare, steak frites with shallot sauce, spaghetti bolognese, or duck à l'orange.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
It's the love and appreciation of all those moments that drew Noah Dorrance into the world of wine. The launch of Reeve Wines gives the winemaking team of Noah, Ross Cobb, and Katy Wilson a studio in which to explore new spaces in their wine worlds. Together they are creating nuanced, elegant expressions of both the familiar and more unconventional varieties.
ABOUT THE LABEL:
“We're doing something a bit unique with the wines in the Libertine series. We've been holding back 3-4 barrels of the current blend each time we bottle to blend into subsequent editions. In effect, there are four barrels of No. 2 in the No. 3 and will be four barrels of No. 3 in the No. 4. It's not quite a solera system but it's our own unique way to create a multi-generational lineage through the wine.” reevewines.com