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Bebame Red–Red Wine from El Dorado County

We welcome Bebame (“drink me” in Spanish), a blend of Cabernet Franc and Gamay, the most recent addition to our Domestic Portfolio. What follows are a few words from the winemaker:

WE LOVE TRANSPARENT, DELICIOUS, EASY, CHARACTERFUL, AND DEEPLY FLAVORFUL WINES THAT ARE FINELY STRUCTURED AND RELATIVELY LOW IN ALCOHOL: CHINON, BOURGEUIL, BEAUJOLAIS, MONDEUSE, MARZEMINO, LAGREIN, BARBERA, ALBARINO, VERMENTINO, TXAKOLINA . . . . YOU GET THE IDEA.  WHAT WE DON’T UNDERSTAND IS WHY THIS STYLE OF WINE IS RARELY MADE IN THE NEW WORLD.  WHILE THERE IS A SCHOOL OF THOUGHT THAT SAYS NEW WORLD WINE HAS TO BE RICHER, HIGHER IN ALCOHOL, AND RIPER, WE DON’T BUY IT.  WE BELIEVE THAT IF THE GRAPES ARE PLANTED ON COOL, APPROPRIATE SITES, AND ARE WELL-FARMED AND PICKED RIPE AT REASONABLE SUGAR LEVELS, AND TRULY MINIMALLY HANDLED IN THE CELLAR, THEN WE CAN MAKE JUST SUCH WINES WITHOUT COMPROMISE IN THE NEW WORLD.

–BEBAME TEAM


THE PEOPLE

JAYME ARMSTRONG:  FINANCE, MARKETING, STRATEGY, GOOD SENSE

STEVE EDMUNDS:  WINEMAKING, GUIDANCE, INSIGHT

DON HEISTUMAN:  CONCEPTION, DIRECTION, DECISIONS, STRATEGY, MARKETING

RON MANSFIELD: FARMING

THE VINEYARDS

CAMINO ALTO: CABERNET FRANC, EL DORADO COUNTY, AVERAGE AGE OF VINES 15 YEARS, 2900 FOOT ELEVATION, NORTH-NORTHEAST EXPOSURE, VOLCANIC CLAY LOAM (AIKEN SERIES LOAM).

BOEGER: CABERNET FRANC, EL DORADO COUNTY, AVERAGE AGE OF VINES 12 YEARS, 2800 FOOT ELEVATION, NORTH-NORTHWEST EXPOSURE, VOLCANIC CLAY LOAM (AIKEN SERIES LOAM).

WITTERS: GAMAY NOIR, EL DORADO COUNTY, AVERAGE AGE OF VINES 8 YEARS, 3400 FOOT ELEVATION, NORTH- NORTHWEST EXPOSURE, VOLCANIC CLAY LOAM (AIKEN SERIES LOAM).

THE VINEYARDS ARE FARMED WITH MINIMAL IRRIGATION (AS NEEDED, USUALLY ONCE OR TWICE IN AUGUST, NEVER ON A SCHEDULE), MINIMAL TREATMENTS (RARELY, ONLY AS NEEDED, NEVER ON A SCHEDULE). MANAGED WITH THE GOAL OF EVEN RIPENING AND MAXIMUM FLAVOR; CANOPY PRUNED TO BOTH OPEN THE GRAPE BUNCHES TO LIGHT AND SHADE FROM INTENSE HEAT, AND TO CONCENTRATE ENERGY TO THE GRAPES, BUNCHES THINNED IN JULY TO CONCENTRATE FLAVOR, THINNED AGAIN IN LATE AUGUST TO ENSURE EVENLY RIPE FRUIT.

THE WINE

95% CABERNET FRANC, 5% GAMAY, EACH VINEYARD PARCEL FERMENTED SEPARATELY WITH THE NATIVE YEASTS, AGED AND SETTLED FOR FOUR MONTHS IN STAINLESS STEEL WITH MINIMAL SULFUR, 12.0% ALCOHOL NATURALLY, BLENDED AND BOTTLED IN MARCH 2011.

Available October 1st, 2011

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