2016 The Bear, Red Wine Blend

2016 The Bear

A seven varietal blend from the Fenaughty & Lightner vineyards at 2800’ elevation in El Dorado is a testament to both terroir and the art of blending.

El Dorado

Making wine is the most humbling and magical of endeavors. Wines provide a voice for the connection between the earth, the vine and the elements. The Bear is the voice for the Fenaughty & Lightner Vineyards, as told through the Rhône varietals that led us to the Sierras in 2003. There we met Ron Mansfield and began planting grapes like Cinsault and Counoise to lend depth and soul to our blends.

I have gone to the edge of the country

with the taste of a morning on my lips.

I am travelling the distances of red deer

and foxes ---- tracks in the snow.

My footprint is my signature.

  • Elanor Rees, “Eliza & The Bear”

The 2016 Bear was awarded a 96 pt score from Decanter Magazine , Matt Walls claimed it was the second highest rated wine blind tasted from California. He says, “A very drinkable, precise style with no excess fruit, acidity or alcohol... A balanced, harmonious, willowy wine.”

Tasting Note:

A perfumed nose of wild blackberry and strawberry balanced elegantly with nutmeg and allspice. The sweetness of this wine is a bit edgy, like beet sugar, crafting a savory experience with a touch of salinity and earthy tones of black tea.

CASE DISCOUNT: Purchase any 12 bottles and ground shipping is included for the first case and is a flat $25 for each case beyond! Feel free to mix and match. Pick up orders of 12+ bottles receive a 10% discount (applied after order is placed, before card is processed).

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  • Appellation: El Dorado
  • Vineyard: Fenaughty & Lightner
  • Varietal: Counoise, Cinsault, Mourvédre, Grenache, Syrah, Roussanne
  • Elevation: 2700-2900 ft.
  • Soil: Decomposed granite w/ red clay loam
  • Harvested: September 6 - 13
  • Macerations: 8-15 days
  • Fermentation: Wild yeasts & bacteria in concrete & wood vats
  • Barrel aging: 10 months in mix of once used and
  • Neutral French oak barrels
  • Bottled: July 28, 2017
  • Production: 267 cases
  • Release date: Fall 2018

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