2014 VSJ Alicante Bouschet Reserve

2014 VSJ Alicante Bouschet Reserve
2014 VSJ Alicante Bouschet Reserve
Tasting notes

Redolent in aromas of gingerbread, rose petal, and sugar cookie, the 2014 is a stunning vintage of this special grape. Famous for earthy intensity and a magenta-black hue, Alicante Bouschet reaches a new level of elegance here. The mouthfeel is luscious, soft, and dense, and this wine unfolds in layers of red fruit and an array of bold spices. Pomegranate, peppermint, and olallieberry flavors develop into deeper notes of truffle, lavender, and plum. The wine finishes clean, with a strong acidity that culminates in the lingering flavors of a fresh raspberry tart.


Best-known for its dark, purple pulp, Alicante Bouschet is often used in blends to enhance color saturation, but its elegance as a wine is sometimes overlooked. To pay homage to this intense, wonderful grape, every year we bottle a small quantity from our best barrels as the single varietal Alicante Bouschet Reserve.

Varietal Composition99% Alicante Bouschet, 1% Grenache
AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardVilla San-Juliette Estate
Acid0.68 g/100mL
Aging30 months in 40% new French and American oak barrels
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/02/2017
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