Ripe aromas of cassis, black cherry and cedar open to background notes of black licorice and cocoa. Attractive, forward, luscious, and hedonistic, this deep ruby-colored wine exhibits medium to full body, silky tannin, and plenty of fruit as well as character. The palate mirrors the aromas amidst a rich, firmly structured texture and lengthy finish. A superb accompaniment to grilled red meats, sausages, hearty stews and aged cheeses such as cheddar and Parmigiano-Regianno.
$60.00 / Bottle $720.00 / Case
French for "archipelago", Archipel is crafted from Bordeaux varieties sourced from mountain vineyards that rise above the valley fog—the view from these high elevation peaks is reminiscent of a string of archipelago islands rising above the sea. Achipel chooses the Mayacamas Mountain Range to define Archipel. For each vintage, their winemaking team selects Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc fruit from a collection of Estate-owned vineyards located in several wine growing appellations across the Mayacamas Mountain Range.
Grapes making this 2003 wine came from 94% Sonoma County and 6% Napa County. The final blend is 55% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 16% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged 14 months in 80% new French (90%) and American (10%) barrels.
Winemaker Pierre Seillan started in the wine industry at his family’s estate in Armagnac, France. From there he learned to farm Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and later Cabernet Francy. In 1996, fulfilling a childhood dream of discovering California’s wine regions, Olivier accepted an internship at La Crema Winery in Sonoma County.
In the mid-1990’s Pierre Seillan began a new venture in California called Vérité. The multiple mountain ranges, myriad soils, vineyard aspects and mesoclimates were a perfect fit with Pierre’s micro-cru philosophy. In 1998, Pierre produced his first vintage in California, to great acclaim. After his first vintage at Vérité, Pierre began to craft a wine blend sourced from various vineyards across the Mayacamas Mountain Range, which divides Sonoma and Napa counties. This wine, initially crafted for only the winemaking team's enjoyment, is Archipel. In 2002, the team decided to share the 1999 vintage of Archipel with consumers, and today Archipel is available in limited quantities in select markets.