2012 THE BEAR and THE BEES
In the spring of 2013 we began envisioning the base blend for our flagship wine, the 2012 Kelly Fleming Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. As we walked the caves, tasting each barrel individually, we began to realize that very special wines had emerged specifically from Blocks 1B & 3. These barrels (just four in total) displayed such a striking combination of power and finesse, that we felt compelled to keep them separate and follow their progression during the aging process. Over the next few months, we were so enchanted by these wines that we knew they were destined to remain true to form and be bottled as a stand alone reserve wine.
THE BEAR and THE BEES from the 2012 Vintage is a wine that is brimming with richness and allure. Dark, opulent fruits in the form of ripe black cherry, cassis, and baked plum entice on the nose. Hints of cinnamon stick, roasted hazelnut, savory herbs and a touch of rose petal lie just below the surface of this dark fruit . The palate is silky and coating on entry,with velvety tannins that seem to build to a firm mid-palate, all the while supported by a richness of ripe red fruit. The wine finishes with intensity and verve, and enticing flavors of mocha and cherry-chocolate are left lingering on the palate.
Our special reserve wine honors the bear who occasionally visits our vineyards and our bees who thrive happily just out of his reach. Rooted in our specific (may we say magical?) terroir, this is a wine which embraces the intricate dance of the wildlife on our Estate.