Named after our first-born daughter, Cuvée Katrina Eileen is primarily composed of fruit from a vineyard in the western hills of Yountville, where yields are miniscule. The extremely rocky soil of the vineyard produces concentrated clusters of perfectly ripened Cabernet Sauvignon. In German, the name “Katrina” represents purity and, fittingly, this wine is made entirely from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, providing a pure expression of this deliciously decadent varietal. It also reflects our daughter’s personality with flavors that are complex, unreserved, and expressive.
The 2012 Buccella Cuvée Katrina Eileen is a gregarious and immediately charming wine. The aromas are pure Buccella, bursting with blueberry, cassis, boysenberry preserve and notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. On the palate the wine impresses with its intense concentration and smooth core of silky tannin. The long finish delivers blackberry and cassis fruit with hints of caramel, mocha and black tea. This is a wine structured for aging but enjoyable in its youth.
Braised Duck with Roasted Strawberry and Dandelion Greens
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Harvested: October 8-October 31
Bottled: July 7, 2014
Winemaking: Whole berry fermented; aged 22 months in 100% new French oak
Production: 188 cases
Name: The Latin term for “mouthful,” meant to signify the big, bold concentrated layers of flavor in our wines (pronounced “boo-kehl-lah”)
Tasting: At the winery in Napa by appointment only, 707/944-1000, firstname.lastname@example.org
History: In 2002, Bill and Alicia Deem founded Buccella in Napa Valley. The inaugural release was the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot in 2005, Cuvée Katrina Eileen in 2006 and Mixed Blacks in 2011.