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Tasting Notes


The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from multiple fruit sources in Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, Coombsville, Oak Knoll and Carneros, was aged in 100% new French oak. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it exhibits an opaque purple color, great intensity and a sweet nose of blue and black fruits intermixed with toasty oak, lead pencil shavings and forest floor. Rich, layered and full-bodied with silky tannins, this broad, savory 2008 should drink well for 15 or more years.


Remarkable for its complex aromas of roasted coffee, dried herb, dark berry, mocha and sage, yet for all its size this is quite graceful and elegant, even delicate, with a long, tapered finish where the flavors glide along smoothly. Drink now through 2021.

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The Winery


Buccella is derived from the Latin word for “mouthful,” and a mouthful is exactly what Buccella wines evoke with their big, bold, concentrated layers that make them so luxuriously flavorful. The team at Buccella is especially interested in telling a story with origins that carry depth, as well as grapes that are lush and rich such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The first vintage of these Bordeaux varieties from Carneros was in 2002 when landscapers Bill and Alicia Deem honeymooned in Napa. They established long-term leases on vineyard plots across the valley and quickly after began making their own wine under the Buccella label. The Deem family’s wines took advantage of what the Napa terroir had to offer and their wines became regarded for their colossal fruit, tannins, and power which gave them high scores with Robert Parker and aficionados from all over.

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