2013 Bootleg Napa Valley Red Blend

SKU #1303144 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Proprietary Red from Bootleg is a major sleeper of not only the vintage, but in its entire concept. There are just over 8,000 cases of this wine, which has been culled from KJ vineyards on Atlas Peak, Oakville, Mt. Veeder, Rutherford and Spring Mountain. The wine is a blend of 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 21% Zinfandel, 12% Merlot, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. That’s like throwing in the entire kitchen sink, but the result is a stunningly delicious, complex, big-time, sexy style of wine with a deep, opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blackberries and blueberries, with some lavender Provençal herbs, licorice and a touch of espresso. The wine has a fabulous texture, a plush, full-bodied mouthfeel, and beautiful purity and depth. It’s something that could only be made in California, given the blend, but it is off-the-charts in terms of its hedonistic appeal. At the same time, it is complex enough to satisfy the intellectual senses as well. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. A big-time winner. (RP)  (10/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A big, broad-shouldered effort, with a dense mix of flavors framed by sturdy tannins. Offers layers of dark berry, cedar, spice and graphite nuances. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2032. (JL)  (11/2017)

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Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2017 | Send Email
A deeply fruity and powerful red blend, yet nuanced and complex. Aromas of cherries, blueberries, and blackberries. Fruit quality is slightly jammy, but overall mostly ripe in expression. Bouquet of vanilla, espresso, and mocha. Soft tannins accented by a noted elevated acidity on the finish. A tinge of dried herbs, most noted being thyme and marjoram. Overall, this robust wine appeals to those who are fans of red blends like The Prisoner. Great option for summer barbeques; also fun pairing with olive tapenade

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2017 | Send Email
The Bootleg Napa Valley Red Wine blend is luscious and full, brimming with jammy blueberry, strawberry, cassis and plum. subtle floral aromatics of violet waft over the fruit, and dusty spice aromas of star anise, cinnamon and white and black pepper round out the finish. Merlot from Napa's famous Stagecoach vineyard is a major component in the blend, which adds a deliciously supple and velvety tannin, and provides depth and structure.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2017 | Send Email
The first time I tasted the 2013 Bootleg Red I was taken back numerous years to the first time I tasted Prisoner. They reminded me so much of each other it was a bit surprising. There was the same intensity, the same largesse, the same power to the wines that I was really taken aback. Then my brain started doing the “math” and I realized just what a killer wine the Bootleg Red was. I mean Prisoner is almost $50 now, which is difficult for most people to spend on a regular basis, and this incredibly similar wine is $32.99, much more affordable for the masses. So if you like big, brooding, oaky and darkly fruited red blends this new kid on the block is something you surely will want to chase down.

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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.