2015 Venge "Scout's Honor" Napa Valley Red Blend

SKU #1343983 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Red Blend Scout's Honor is an almost kitchen sink blend of 70% Zinfandel, 14% Charbono, and the balance Petite Sirah and Syrah. It's a huge, fruit bomb beauty that's loaded with notions of tobacco leaf, plums, Asian spice, and violets. Fleshy, fat, opulent, and deliciously full-bodied, this head turner has remarkable purity, no hard edges, and is impossible to resist.  (12/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the blend for the 2015 Scout's Honor is 70% Zinfandel, 14% Charbono, 9% Petite Sirah and 7% Syrah. The nose offers up warm blackberries, cherry pie and mocha with hints of cedar and roses. Full-bodied, rich and opulent with velvety tannins, it finishes long and perfumed. (LPB)  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

The Venge family has roots in Napa Valley dating back to the 1970s. Kirk Venge has crafted some of the valley's highest-rated wines, most of which are only available to their private mailing list. Scout's Honor is essentially Venge's "house wine" made in homage to the late winery dog, Scout, a Golden Lab of legendary status. Winery notes: "The base starts with old-vine Zinfandel from Venge's Signal Fire Vineyard in Calistoga (where some of those vines have been producing for over 100 years!) and build upon that with dry-farmed Petite Sirah, old-vine Charbono, and finish with mountain-vineyard Syrah from the Stagecoach Vineyard. The result is an unpretentious red wine that will satisfy time and time again. This vintage has a gorgeous, concentrated assemblage of aromas of stone fruits, crushed blue herbs, violets, cherry, anise, and a touch of honeysuckle. On the palate is pure richness from the old-vine Zinfandel with loads of super-ripe blackberry, pepper spice, and an enveloping masculinity of char and tannins from the Syrah, Charbono and Petite Sirah. A seamless balance and mouth coating deliciousness are found throughout the palate, with an extra-long finish."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2018 | Send Email
A wine that is mostly only available direct from the winery or in restaurants. Here's a chance to load up on this decadent Zin based blend from boutique winery: Venge. The family has a long history in Napa Valley and the base of this wine is from a 100+ year old block of Zinfandel in Calistoga. This was then bolstered with a dash of Petite Sirah from a dry-farmed block and some Syrah from the legendary Stage Coach Vineyard on Pritchard Hill! Yep...And all for our to-low-to-show price of...well you get the idea. Lashings of jammy, brambly fruit, ripe, soft tannins, lush texture and exotic oak spice. Big and bold is the order of the day here so go ahead and indulge yourself...this opportunity doesn't come around often.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

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.