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2012 DBA

2012 DBA

DBA 2012 Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
Red Blend

DBA exhibits medium deep dark color with a light purple hue.

On the nose, this wine is exhibiting vibrant red and black fruit aromas with a pleasing, subtle oak note; and a nice earthy     component that adds complexity to the aromatic profile.

A layered and refined wine, it is loaded with flavors, offering notes of blackberries, chocolate, cinnamon spice and some subtle cherry; leading to a medium to long finish.

Harvested in October 2012.

Fermented in open top macro bins

Barrel Aged in French Oak (50% new) for 21 months

Racked three times during aging

Alcohol 14.2%

Syrah (33%); Cabernet Sauvignon (28%); Malbec (27%); Merlot (12%)

  TASTING NOTES

Cost: $ 60.00

SOLD OUT

Awards

Gold Medal - 2017 - American Fine Wine Competition - 1-16-17

Over 800 wines were entered into this year's prestigious American Fine Wine Competition; which is strictly by invitation only.  Our DBA won a coveted gold medal.  Only 19 wines were judged worthy of gold in DBA's Red Blend category! 

Gold Medal - World Wine Championships - 11/16/15

Opaque dark black garnet color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate roasted nuts, black raspberry tart, cherry-orange gelato, and coconut macaroon with an oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, medium-long delicate spice, vanilla cream, pencil shavings, and pepper finish with silky, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A toothsome and vibrant red blend that is sure to please. 

Silver Medal -2016 - American Fine Wine Competition - 1/23/16

Ratings

Top 6 California Red Blends - Monty & Sara Preiser - Wine Writers - 1-19-17

Monty & Sara Preiser are renowned wine writers and vintners; Monty is also co-founder of the American Fine Wine Competition.  In reviewing their notes from the 5000+ wines they sampled in 2016; they culled a list of their favorite 160 California Wines; incuding 6 Red Blends (not all Bordeaux grapes).  We are proud to report our 2012 DBA was one of the six!

93 Points - Beverage Testing Institute
Wine Glass Style: Juicy smooth fruity oaky rich
Aroma Aroma: chocolate roasted nuts, black raspberry tart, cherry-orange gelato, and coconut macaroon
Taste Flavor: delicate spice, vanilla cream, pencil shavings, and pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-10 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Stroganoff, Elk Chops, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A toothsome and vibrant red blend that is sure to please.

 


DBA Wine Information

DBA is our proprietary red blend; comprised of the four varietals we grow on our estate located on Atlas Peak in the Napa Valley.

Our vineyards are planted on an ancient volcanic flow.  The vines are laid out in eleven micro-blocks; each one with its own unique terroir.

In general each of the blocks shares the same challenging farming conditions; rocky soils, hillside terrain and significant marine influence.

As such, our vines produce low yield and our grapes enjoy slow ripening, which results in extended hang time. 

DBA, named after proprietors Debb and Bob Almeida, is a layered, nuanced wine; and reflects the love and passion of our more than 45 years together. 

DBA can be enjoyed now and, like a beautiful relationship, will continue to improve over the years.

 

 

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Lagniappe Peak, Napa Valley

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Our hillside vineyards are planted in volcanic soils and overlook the extensive San Francisco Bay.
We enjoy cool morning breezes followed by long afternoon sun; in short, optimal growing conditions.