2008 Balcom Family "Mascaret" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Previously $125)

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We recently received a parcel of these beautifully mature wines from Balcom Family. The wines were made by renowned winemaker, Craig Becker, formerly of Robert Mondavi, Opus One, Spring Mountains Vineyards, and currently Director of Winemaking at Sommerston Estate. The fruit for these wines was sourced from Constant Vineyard high on Diamond Mountain, and Somerston Estate's hillside blocks in Napa's Vaca Mountains. The wine's name, "Mascaret," pays tribute to the Bordeaux region that inspired the wine. The Mascaret is a wave, or tidal bore, that runs up the Gironde, Dordogne, and Garonne Rivers.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2021 | Send Email
Here's a very rare opportunity to get your hands on some perfectly aged Napa Cab blends at a deeply discounted price! To be honest, I had never heard of Balcom Family wines before, but a little digging around revealed that these would most certainly be worth checking out. After tasting them, I took everything available! Balcom Family was a small winery that stopped releasing wines after the 2009 vintage. The winemaker for the project was Craig Becker. Craig has an impressive resumé that began with time spent in the hallowed cellars at Robert Mondavi. He also worked just across the road at Opus One. From 1998 to 2003, he was the winemaker at the iconic Spring Mountain Vineyards, proving himself a master of mountain fruit. The 2008 Balcom "Mascaret" Proprietary Red comes from two prestigious vineyards on opposite sides of the Valley—Constant Estate high on Diamond Mountain and Somerston Estate in Napa's eastern hills, where Craig has been the Director of Winemaking since 2006. Contrasted to the 2007, the 2008 is more brooding and shows less secondary character. Yields were very small in 2008, and this wine shows that in its concentration. Dark soil tones, ripe plum, blackcurrant, espresso, cocoa powder. Some hints of cigar box and dried herbs too. Powerful yet refined. Plenty left in the tank for another 5-8 years in the cellar.

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