2017 Complant Cabernet Sauvignon 'Beller Vineyards,' Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley

2017 Complant Cabernet Sauvignon 'Beller Vineyards,' Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley


13.06% Alc/Vol

750 ml

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Didier had no idea how it had come to this.  How had a “petit fonctionnaire” at a customs clearance agency on the outskirts of Paris gotten involved in clearing shipments of arms for the Resistance?  As usual, it involved a beautiful woman and Claudette was no exception.  Now as they huddled in her frigid garret room over the radio transmitter, the spice of her perfume intoxicated him.

“Now we must wait for the response to see where the arms drop will be,” Claudette whispered.  “Didn’t you say you that you managed to buy a bottle of wine today?”  Maybe it will take our mind off the cold and the Bosch.

“Qu’est-ce c’est bon”, she intoned as she took her first taste of the garnet red Cabernet Sauvignon.  The nose was a complex blend of fresh blueberry, raspberry, violet, graphite, mesquite, spearmint and leather.  On the palate the wine was vibrant, full of fresh blackberry fruit and natural acidity.  It ended with an extremely long finish with integrated tannins.  “What did you say this was?”  

As they both reached for the bottle their fingers touched and Didier was sure there were sparks.  “It is a wine called Complant from the Beller Vineyard on Mount Veeder in the…”  But before he could add the words Napa Valley, her lips were on his and cold was no longer on their minds.

The slam of a car door on the street below pulled them from their embrace.  “Cheri it is the Gestapo” ,she cried looking out the tiny garrett  window.  “We must flee down the back stairs.” As they grabbed the radio and their coats, Claudette ran back.  

“Qu’est-ce que tu fais? cried Didier.  

“I am not leaving this beautiful wine.  La vie est trop courte”

Our 2017 Complant Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Beller Vineyard on Mt Veeder in the Napa Valley.  It is a co-ferment of Cabernet Sauvignon  and Petit Verdot.  Co-fermentation is a technique that creates a synergy between the color, aromatics and structure of two varieties.  One cannot achieve the same alchemy with simple blending.

The grapes were fermented on indigenous yeast and malo-lactic bacteria and aged in thin-staved Bordeaux chateau barrels of which 22% were new.  The wine was racked through the heads (soutirage traditionnel) every three months.  This is a method that Daniel learned while working in Pomerol in the 1980’s. 

The wine was bottled on January 15, 2019.  214 cases were produced.

Artist Kristina Macdonald has depicted the blossoms of a cultivated fruit tree that is found at the Baron family home in Napa, California on each of our Complant labels. In the case of the Pinot Noir, the flower is a pomegranate blossom.