Bruce Wayne Winery
2011 Ella's Blend Napa Valley Red Wine
California: Napa Valley
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The Bruce Wayne Winery is the sister label of one of our long-standing favorites, the Starry Night Winery. The Bruce Wayne wines are made to provide an extraordinary drinking experience at a budget-friendly price. Today’s delicious blend delivers on this promise - and then some.
Today’s Bruce Wayne Winery 2011 Ella’s Blend Napa Valley Red Wine drinks like a high-dollar red blend. This blend of Bordeaux varietals hails from what is arguably the best Bordeaux-growing region in California: the Napa Valley.
This highly recommended wine is drinking very well now, and we expect it to continue to improve over the next few years.
Pure, translucent garnet, from the slightly opaque core to the glinting edges.
Concentrated sweet cherry and blackberry, dried sage, darkest unsweetened chocolate, and sweet tobacco leaf.
Blueberry and blackberry compote along with black cherry, English breakfast tea, and a hint of cardamom.
Slightly drying, with well integrated tannins and flavors of tart plum skin and black tea. Lingers, especially at the edges of the palate.
We’d love to pair this delightful red blend with a classic beef stew brimming with carrots, potatoes, and onions. If Ella were still around, we imagine that she might like a hearty portion in her dog bowl.
What the Winery Says
Bruce Wayne Winery 2011 Ella’s Blend, Napa Valley Red Wine
Our 2011 Napa Valley Ella’s Blend is composed of 70% Merlot and 10% each of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This Bordeaux style blend has flavors and aromas of cherries, blackberries and plums with a hint of spice and a smooth lingering finish accented with dusty tannins.
Aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for sixteen months, a limited amount of 230 cases were bottled. The perfect accompaniment to grilled meats, hearty pastas and stews, our Ella’s Blend is dedicated to Bruce’s faithful and lovable Giant Alaskan Malamute who passed away in 2010.
Check out Ella’s paw prints on the label!
Appellation Napa Valley
- September 18, September 22, September 29,October 5, 2011
- Brix at Harvest
- .59 g/100ml
- Combination of New French and American Oak, select 1 year old French and American Oak Barrels
About the Winery
Bruce Wayne Winery - Sister Label of Starry Night Winery
Our primary focus at Starry Night Winery is Zinfandel, which accounts for over 60% of our production. We think Zinfandel, which is uniquely American, is not only a great wine, but also offers a significant value when compared to many other grape varietals. In 2001 we became a member of Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), which promotes Zinfandel education worldwide. Bruce currently serves as Vice President of ZAP and is a member of ZAP’s Board of Directors.
We are also excited by Rhone varietals, which we believe are making significant gains in popularity. We make a Russian River Syrah, and in 2001 introduced our Adara, which is a blend of wines made from grapes found in the Rhone region of France. Because we love Chardonnay, we also produce a barrel fermented, 100% malolactic, and well balanced Chardonnay.
The vastness of Sonoma County with its diverse climate and topography allows growers to produce grapes for distinct wines from the same grape variety. Various areas are known by Appellations. Appellations reflect unique climate, soil and other conditions which tend to produce wines unique to those areas.
With the best combination of natural resources and climate, Starry Night Winery’s key viticulture philosophy is to maintain a small berry size to more concentrated fruit. Our grapes realize bud break often several weeks earlier than other Sonoma Country Wineries, promoting a longer growing season. The rocky soils, comprised of silt loam on top of broken shifts allow the vineyards to deplete water early in the season so there is greater concentration in the berry by the time of harvest.
Our viticulture practices also reflect our desire to put forth optimal flavor in all of our wines. These practices sophisticated trellising system, over cropping early in the season then thinning later in the season to contribute to pH and acid balance and promote higher skin surface to grape ratio.