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2016 Bootleg Napa Valley Red Blend

SKU #1463571 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Red Wine is a Merlot-dominated blend (there are normally small amounts of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and other varieties), and while the Prequel cuvée focuses on Sonoma, this wine comes all from the Napa side of the valley. It reveals a healthy purple color as well as a terrific bouquet of sweet crème de cassis, toasted bread, Asian spices, lavender, and dried herbs. With a fabulous texture, full body, notable purity of fruit, and a rich yet graceful style on the palate, it's one seriously hedonistic yet balanced, complex red that knocks it out of the park. Drink this rocking little gem any time over the coming 4-6 years. (I wouldn't be surprised to see it keep longer.) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Red Blend is a gorgeous, heady wine. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, rose petal, mint, blood orange and white pepper all race out of the glass. Bold, juicy and resonant, the 2016 is an absolute joy to taste.(AG) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A rich juicy blend of nearly equal parts Merlot, Petite Sirah and Syrah, this wine is generous in cedar, oak and lively black, jammy fruit. Lush on the palate, it's a crowd-pleaser, outdoor barbecue-kind of red. (VB) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

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By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/3/2020 | Send Email
I was pleasantly surprised by this wine. Not only is it fun, and approachable, it's a serious bottle of wine. It surprisingly has a lot of great quality and structure to it. Fine tannins, well balanced acidity. This is 100% Napa wine and at a fairly good price point. Most wines of this quality would easily sell for $44 and up. If the Prisoner wine had any siblings, Bootleg would be it's elegant and pretty older sister who was visiting their family over the summer. Here's a bottle to have at your next bar-b-q!

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/3/2020 | Send Email
Everyday we get customers asking for a "red blend". While that is a wide ranging category, there are a few wines that define the genre. The Bootleg Red might just be be the prototypical "red blend". Its pedigree is without question as it is sourced from top Napa vineyards and made from classic Napa red varietals. While the blend changes from vintage to vintage, it's usually a mix of Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and sometimes Cab. There's beautiful red and black berries on the nose followed by some toasty oak, vanilla, and wood spice. This wine is full bodied, rich, and complex. I'd gladly recommend this wine to all fans of "red blend" category.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/3/2020 | Send Email
Striking packaging and evocative name aside, this is serious wine. Imagine a team of dedicated professionals willing to do whatever it takes to deliver proper booze to a receptive audience, and you basically have the whole story. To compile a noteworthy blend of purely Napa-sourced fruit would seem unthinkable, but they've succeeded admirably. Ripe blueberry, raspberry and cherry at the front, followed by nutmeg and a touch of black pepper. It's rich, but not overly extracted, riding a fine line on its well-honed acid edge - nothing flabby or gummy like other blends I won't call out by name. The finish brings cozy tones of mocha, but with a bitter herb quality. Is it rhubarb? Quinine? Both? Though the specifics elude me, the total package sets a new high bar for wines of its kind.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2020 | Send Email
Since the original Prisoner wine took the world by storm in the early 2000s, growing to around 200,000 cases today, many folks have sought to recreate that magic formula. The "Red Blend" category has become a global sensation with these rich, powerful, hedonistic wines becoming some of the biggest sellers in the market place. However I can personally assure you that very few of those wines have come close to the quality and consistency of the original releases. Even the modern day Prisoner is a very different wine, not to mention a significantly more expensive one. In fact many imitators are downright terrible as the quality in the bottle plays second fiddle to over the top marketing or flashy packaging. The Bootleg however has real pedigree in the bottle coming from some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley. Bootleg is a project from Jackson Family Wines who's properties in Napa include: Lokoya, Cardinale, La Jota, Mt Brave and Freemark Abbey. The company believes investing heavily in real estate (vineyards) is the best way to secure quality and consistency. So what we have here is a very nicely composed Napa red blend from some of the best fruit in the region. The 2016 is powerful and saturated, ripe, rich, soft in texture but not sweet. Oak gives nice exotic spices and a suave mouthfeel. This is a serious wine for the money, you can tell the fruit is prime and craftsmanship on point. If your a fan of this style of wines be sure to check this out; for my money it's one of the very best examples out there.
Top Value! Drink from 2020 to 2025

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
We get to benefit from the abundance of fruit the Jackson family got in 2016 by drinking Bootleg, made with declassified fruit from all their best wineries including Mt. Brave and Freemark Abbey. The composition changes every year and this is the best version I have ever tasted. Fans of "The Prisoner" red blend will love this one, especially at $20 cheaper.

By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
Bootleg is back! And it's even more delicious than the last vintage we had. The composition had changed a bit, it is Merlot based now, and I think it has more complexity and more intrigue as well. Wine is packed with rich wild forest berry notes and supple mulberry fruit. It's juicy and bright on the finish thanks to a healthy acidity and silky tannins give wine amazing drinkability.

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