Tuesday, January 5, 2010

BoaVentura Vineyards in Livermore Valley - a "Good Venture" in wine tasting

Located in the far eastern portion of Livermore Valley, BoaVentura de Caires Winery is the culmination of a love of wine that BoaVentura Baptiste de Caires passed on to his grandson Brett Caires. This passion of wine is combined with a passion for the land, family and food that is evident in your visit to this unique winery.

Brett Caires is a self-made realtor and winemaker who remembers those days of his youth around the family dinner table in Oakland where his grandfather served wine with every meal and talked about food and wine. Learning the art of winemaking from family, friends and local winemakers including Karl Wente, Noah Taylor and Bob Taylor, Brett was anxious to try his hand in the family craft. In 1999 Brett and his wife Monique, purchased a small five-acre property in Livermore Valley. The century-old farm home became the Caires’ new home and the rustic barn became the winery and tasting room. The country farm atmosphere continues on with the chickens, goats, geese and donkey around the winery. Guests can purchase a bottle of wine and relax on the patio between the home and barn to enjoy a bit of country life.

On the five-acre property, 3.5 acres are planted in grapes, mostly Cabernet. The front slope between the home and the road provide the grapes a more rugged environment and the result is wine with more complexity. The rest of the vineyard on the flat ground behind the winery provides the bulk of the Cab. All of the grapes are hand-picked by family and friends and Brett and Monique handcraft the wines in the style that would make his grandfather proud...

The BoaVentura de Caires 2007 White Table Wine is a blend of 79% Alvarino from San Joaquin County, 17% Sauvignon Blanc from Livermore and 4% Orange Muscat of California. It is a great summer wine with refreshing taste and bright aromas of apple, peach and melon. As with Vino Verde wines in Spain and Portugal, you will detect a slight effervescent spritz in the wine.

The 2006 Nelson Vineyards Syrah from Livermore Valley is rich in the white pepper, raspberries and dark fruit you expect in a fine Syrah. There is a slight smoky flavor in the bold fruit on the palate.

The BoaVentura de Caires 2007 Green Label Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from grapes harvested on the flat back acres on the farm. It has big bold dark fruit aromas and flavors of cherry and strawberry.

2007 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 50% from the flat back acres and 50% from the slope front vineyard. The front slope vineyard produces grapes with a richer quality and you will detect a slight earthy and mineral quality in the wine along with the dark fruits.

Using 100% grapes from the slope front vineyard, Brett has produced the 2005 Maroon Label Cabernet Sauvignon that is a great premium wine with a complex blend of dark fruits, firm tannins, cedar and earthiness.

A visit to BoaVentura is truly a visit to the country where you feel like a guest in a farm home sampling the owner’s fine assortment of wines reminiscent of the old country.

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