Behrens Family Winery – On Feature and Open for Tasting Nov. 24- 26

I have some great information on the wines of Behrens family below, but first I think it’s worth knowing how we ever got these crazy wines. In a former life I worked at a small winery in Napa Valley called White Rock. Everyday I’d go to the Oakville grocery on my way home to pick up some dinner and a bottle of local wine. One day the kind lady working the wine shop put a bottle of Behrens in my hand. It was a total knock out. In fact it was so good I went to meet the winemaker on my next day off. Les Behrens was my kind of winemaker, laid back, funny and didn’t take himself too seriously. Oh and everything he made was absolutely stunning. 

So when I moved back to Calgary and started at J. Webb, I immediately started harassing him for an allocation. But sadly there was no wine to be had as they sold it all to their mailing list in California. But that didn’t stop me. I went back to Behrens every year until they finally relented and gave my a small allocation. While that allocation has grown a little, we still don’t get nearly enough of this amazing wine. 

If you have time to pop by this weekend for a taste please do, you won’t regret it, these are very special wines. If you can’t make it but would like to buy some wine, please don’t wait, they typically don’t last the weekend. 

– Kevin McLean

NV Road Les Travelled V $59.95

74% Petite Sirah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc

It is time for a late summer road trip! This model of The Road Les Traveled, with a healthy dose of juicy Petite Sirah, has taken us on a slightly different path and offers a delicious adventure through aromas of blueberries, earthy mineral and floral notes. Lively acidity and red fruit drive the mouthfeel and meander through the finish of orange peel, cedar and graphite. Enjoy the ride with this easy-drinking, non-vintage fan favorite.
2014 Saint Fume $99.95

72% Syrah, 14% Cinsault, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Grenache

Everyone’s favorite steak lady is back on the menu for this release, serving up aromas of dried herbs, leather and white pepper, along with flavors of black plum, mint and exotic spice. All of this is wrapped up in sweet tannins with a juicy acidity and a fine minerality. The 2014 Sainte Fumée is bringing it to the table and will satisfy every appetite.

2013 Moulds Cabernet Sauvignon $155 
The Wine Advocate #228
December 2016 (96+ points) – Robert Parker
From a vineyard that Les Behrens and Lisa Drinkward have long exploited, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Moulds comes from the mid-sector of Napa Valley in Oakville. This is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc. Black as a moonless night, it has terrific extract, richness, and sweet tannin. It is further characterized by stunning purity, equilibrium and loads of blackberry and black raspberry fruit. This is a stunner and truly first-growth in quality, but needs patience. Potential buyers should give it 2-3 years’ bottle age and drink over the following 25 or more years. This is a killer effort from Les Behrens and Lisa Drinkward.

Vinous Media
December 2016 (92 points) – Antonio Galloni
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Moulds Vineyard is deep, savory and expressive. Crème de cassis, lavender, spice, mint and blackberry jam infuse this striking, unctuous yet mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon. I would give the 2013 a year or two to soften, as it is a bit clenched today. The combination of ripe, sweet fruit in this relatively cool site yields a Cabernet Sauvignon of distinction.

2014 Front man $135
Vinous Media
December 2016 (90 points) – Antonio Galloni
The Merlot-based 2014 Front Man is a gorgeous, delicious wine to drink now and over the next few years. The fruit is remarkably pure. Ripe dark stone fruit, mocha, plum, spice and leather give the Front Man much of its arresting appeal. I would prefer to drink the 2014 sooner rather than later, while the fruit remains vibrant. 

2013 Kick Ranch Petit Sarah $85

Let’s begin by saying that we are really frickin’ happy about this wine. 2013 gave us everything we love about “Kick Petite”. You’ve got your exotic floral and spice notes, your brambly purple flavors and deep notes of tar and blackberry jam and licorice. It is big and lively – a great food wine with plenty of structure and bright acidity, to boot.        www.behrensfamilywinery.com

Moulds Cabernet Sauvignon / Front Man / Kick Ranch
Available in very limited quantities only
at Glenmore landing:

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