2016 Libertine Red Blend
While crafting single vineyard wines that transmit the essence of place is a pursuit we revel in, the art of blending more disparate parts into a harmonious whole is also something that we have long enjoyed. There is something freeing in not being constrained by variety or vineyard to paint a unique picture. The results often transcend what any of the individual wines are on their own. The wine also represents a very unique thing with literally nothing quite like it from a composition standpoint.
Utilizing eco-friendly Sonoma County vineyards that are separated by no more than 30 miles, we created the “Libertine” from the 2016 harvest using Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. It takes its inspiration some of the great Super Tuscan wines. The best ones, despite their use of international varieties, still somehow maintain their sense of place, their Italian-ness.
We believe ours faithfully paints a picture, true to its central Sonoma County origin.
The Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese are most apparent on the lifted nose, offering bright and pleasantly herbal notes. The Merlot forms a gracious, soft, suave presence that runs from the beginning of the entry through the end of the long finish. The Sangiovese reappears as a pleasantly tart cherry note and the Cabernet provides the ballast, structure and darker bass notes of the wine.
Even though there are some traditionally larger-scaled grapes used, we believe this fits with our overall style of elegance at Reeve.