2001 Havens Wine Cellars Bourriquot Red Wine Napa Valley

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 Merlot.

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 1992.

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.