2012 Mixed Blacks

The Wine

The 2012 vintage is the second release for our Buccella Mixed Blacks. For some time now, we have shared a love of Rhone Valley blends and their domestic counterparts. We wanted to experiment with some completely different varietals by putting our California twist on the beautiful interplay between the bright fruit and mineral characteristics of these blends while still maintaining the rich, fruit focused, layered lusciousness we enjoy.

Tasting Notes

The 2012 Buccella Mixed Blacks is an intoxicating wine full of exotic spices and bright fruit.  In the glass notes of pomegranate, cranberry and rhubarb mingle with iodine and Chinese Five Spice.  On the palate it is deceptively silky with full flavor and a lasting finish of sage, tobacco, and Bing cherry.


Braised lamb shanks with roasted root vegetables

Blend:                   Syrah 34%; Petite Sirah 28%; Mourvedre 23%;  Grenache 15%

Harvested:                 October 8 and October 28

Bottled:                      July 7, 2014

Filtration:                   unfiltered

Fining:                        unfined

Winemaking:             Whole berry fermented; aged 22 months in 33% new French oak

Alcohol:                      14.9%

Production:                154 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, contactus@buccella.com

History:                    In 2002, Bill and Alicia Deem founded Buccella in Napa Valley. The inaugural released was the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot in 2005, Cuvée Katrina Eileen in 2006 and Mixed Blacks in 2011.