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Behrens Family 2015 Barbera Napa Valley
Behrens Family 2015 Barbera Napa Valley
Behrens Family 2015 Barbera Napa Valley

Good news: In 2015 we had a unique opportunity to purchase a few tons of Barbera from Diamond Mountain. Bad news: Those grapes were only available in 2015 and a tiny amount in 2016. But it was fun while it lasted, and the resulting wine, though a departure for us, is such a treat. Chocolate, roses and fig on the nose, with a suggestion of violet. The classic Barbera acidity is there, but the edges are mellow and the core is focused. The mid-palate is all licorice and cherry, and the mouthfeel is rich with well-integrated tannins. This is a beautiful one-time wine for us (a barrel’s worth of 2016 will be available in a future Secret Stash offer) and we are all swooning over the label.




86% Barbera, 14% Tempranillo



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California - Napa Valley

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Behrens and Hitchcock Winery

You have to have great grapes to make great wine. That is our winemaking philosophy which began with the 1994 vintage when Les created his first "real" wines from Staglin and Inkgrade Vineyards both in the Napa Valley. Our first proprietary blend of Cuvee Lola was made in 1994 as well. Cuvee Lola was one lonely barrel that Les felt was just amazing wine, and he couldn't figure out what to do with it. He tried blending it into the other wines, but it got lost. Then he tried blending other wines into it, but they disguised the qualities he felt were so wonderful and unique about it. Finally, he decided to bottle it just the way it was and name it after his and Lisa's new baby girl, Lola.

This is how our philosophy, if you can call it that, of making small batches of handcrafted wines came to be. The vineyards really told Les how the wine should be made, and he has continued to follow that instinct - let the vineyard express its unique personality as a stand alone wine but make fun, inspired blends when that is what the wine wants.


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