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wine enthusiast 90 points

Black Bear Cuvee

Total votes: 39


Black Bears rule in the Willow Creek American Viticultural Area. Every autumn they descend from the mountains feeding voraciously before their impending hibernation. And every year they outwit and out-muscle our attempts to keep them from the grapes, devouring much of our future vintage prior to harvest. With a nod of respect, we make Black Bear Cuvée from the very best barrels of wine we were able to harvest and produce. 2016 is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Malbec. Grown and made with zero synthetic pesticides, herbicides or additives.  Un-fined and unfiltered. Only 160 cases produced.


This is a bold, bright blend. The flavors and aromas are red to black fruit, like coastal black berry. There is a touch of pepper and cedar box in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich balanced by a cool-climate acidity.


The Black Bear Cuvée is excellent with grass-fed beef. Try it with a tangy sweet barbeque to shoulder some of the tannins or slow roasted with wild mushrooms to bring out some of the earthier tones. Cheers!


Wine Enthusiast 90 Points — 2017

Double Gold Medal, Best Red: 2015 — Humboldt County Fair

Silver Medal: 2017 — San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Bronze Medal: 2018 — San Francisco Wine Competition

Bronze Medal: 2018 — West Coast Wine Competition (East Meets West)


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