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2018 Venge Bone Ash Cabernet Sauvignon

ITEM 8238285 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
6 $120
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RATINGS

96The Wine Advocate

...notes of stewed plums, ripe black currants and blackberry preserves, followed by suggestions of bay leaves, pencil shavings, garrigue and Ceylon tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers rich, powerful black fruit flavors, beautifully juxtaposed by compelling freshness and a firm, grainy texture, finishing long with an energetic herbal lift.

96Jeb Dunnuck

...richer, full-bodied, concentrated style...notes of darker currants, tobacco, chocolate, and lead pencil give way to a layered, seamless beauty...terrific tannins, the purity of fruit that's the hallmark of the vintage, an expansive texture, and a great finish.

PRODUCER

Venge

Venge Vineyards is in Calistoga, Napa Valley. It is owned by Kirk Venge, whose family emigrated from Denmark four generations ago. Originally in wine and spirits importing, the family became winemakers in the 1960s, when Kirk’s father Nils studied viticulture at the University of California at Davis. By the 1970s Nils was producing wine in the Oakville district of Napa Valley. He started Saddleback Cellars and became one of the valley’s leading winemakers. In 2008 the family sold their physical winery to the Foley Wine Group, although the Venge family kept the rights to the Venge name. Since then Kirk Venge has been producing Venge Vineyards wines in limited quantities. Most are Cabernet Sauvignons that earn high compliments from reviewers.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga

Calistoga AVA is one of Napa Valley’s newer appellations, having been given appellation status in 2010. It is notable for its volcanic soil, which is unusual in the Napa Valley. Calistoga also experiences the greatest average 24-hour temperature swing of any Napa Valley AVAs, which Calistoga grape growers insist give the grapes time to “cool down” at night, making for better balanced wines. The 1,500 Calistoga vineyard acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah, along with smaller amounts of other varietals. Calistoga is at the northern end of Napa Valley, northwest of the Diamond District and St. Helena AVAs. Longtime winemaker Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena, which is located in the Calistoga AVA, proposed the creation of the appellation.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.