2001 Havens Wine Cellars Bourriquot Red Wine Napa Valley
When Michael Havens decided to plant Merlot and Syrah in the cool
Carneros region of Napa Valley, he was considered something of a
maverick. Today, some industry observers refer to the region as Napa
Valley's Right Bank, and to Havens as the catalyst for making it so.
Since crushing his first batch of grapes in the back of a flatbed truck
in 1984, Havens has turned his passion for wine in to a profession. A
former professor of literature at UC-Davis, he has become one of the
preeminent winemakers in California, specializing in world-class
Like many of California's great winemakers, Havens has traveled all of
the world's great wine routes and has gained a deep understanding of
the grapes he farms. But, no matter how much he tastes and learns, he
always finds himself returning to Cheval Blanc, the brilliant St.
Emilion. Cheval Blanc, like Chateau Figeac and Chateau Jean Faure, is
made from an almost equal blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The
Merlot provides the plush texture of the wine, while the Franc offers
structure and enhanced aromas. Convinced that well-farmed vineyards in
Carneros could achieve similar structure, Havens created Bourriquot in
The 2001 Bourriquot is an explosive vintage, its best to date, with the
dark chocolate, dried black cherry, and cedar aromas typical of its St.
Emilion counterpart. Drink now-2012.