Carte Blanche 2013 Spring Release!

March 12, 2013

Looking back at 2010, the vintage was one of the longest growing seasons in Napa, resulting in powerful wines held together by mature and well-developed tannins. This is our third vintage, and the wines are exceptional. Wine critics agree, as does our team at Carte Blanche: Owner Nicholas Allen, Winemaker Luc Morlet, General Manager DJ Warner, and our new Brand Ambassador, Rob Casey. The 2010s are full of energy, with layers of complexity and structure, all wrapped together in a velvet suit.

This release coincides with plenty of vintage praise. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate states:  “The 2010s are magnificent, viscerally thrilling wines loaded with character and personality. To be sure, the 2010s – the product of a long, cold growing season – are going to require a few years in bottle. This is the type of vintage that is often overlooked upon release, but that consumers regret not purchasing more deeply when the wines start showing their full potential 4-5 years later. There is no question 2010 is the greatest vintage for Napa Valley in the 2008-2011 time period.” – Antonio Galloni


2010 Sandstone Seven, Alder Springs Vineyard, 125 cases produced.
The inaugural release of the Sandstone Seven was extremely well received, selling out quickly. This Rhone white wine sings, with beautiful floral notes, a rich mid-palate filled with honeysuckle, white peaches and integrated minerality. It lingers on your palate’s finish for minutes. Fantastic with seafood, poultry, or a warm summer day.

2010 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, 200 cases produced.
One of the favorites in our portfolio and an original since 2008, the 2010 Chardonnay delivers its coastal presence through its structured frame, showcasing a voluptuous core of Meyer lemon, custard, and pie crust balanced by terroir notes of crushed granite and flint. It is a perfect complement to poultry, foul, and richer seafood dishes.

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 400 cases produced. WA 94
The powerhouse. Our signature Cabernet delivers a wealth of layers, from the attack, through the mid-palate, and to its substantial finish. As the wine opens, it reveals blackberry, cocoa, blueberry alongside fresh tobacco & dried herbs, asphalt and hints of tar. The 2010 Cabernet takes your palate on a visceral ride as it opens up, and will benefit from years in the cellar.