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2013 Bootleg Red Wine, Napa

Conceived in a Rutherford cellar in 2012, Bootleg Red Wine was blended to best express its vintage in the Napa Valley outside the bounds of a given winemaking tradition—one year it might feature Merlot from Stagecoach Vineyard; the next, Cabernet from Atlas Peak. Opulent yet refined, Bootleg deftly balances hedonistic pleasure with structure, nuance and finesse. This blend entices with aromas of blackberries, Provencal herbs and flavors of blackcurrant, licorice and pepper steak.

2013 Blend Composition:

  • 27% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 22% Petite Sirah
  • 21% Zinfandel
  • 12% Syrah
  • 12% Merlot
  • 3% Malbec
  • 3% Petite Verdot

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2014 Prequel Red Wine, Sonoma

Like Bootleg, Prequel Red Wine embraces unconstrained winemaking. But while Bootleg focuses on the Napa Valley, Prequel captures the best of Sonoma County in each blend. This is a luscious wine with supple tannins and a velvety, lingering finish. Aromas of lavender, blueberry and bacon smoke are followed by flavors of forest fruits, toasted oak and black pepper. Prequel, which released two years after Bootleg, tells the story of events preceding those pictured on Bootleg's label—a "Prequel" so to speak...

2014 Blend Composition:

  • 92% Syrah
  • 8% Petite Sirah

Lore

At Bootleg we pay tribute to the devotion and daring that inspired our forefathers: the winegrowing rogues, who smuggled vine cuttings from renowned French vineyards and replanted them in California to elevate American wine to world class status.

In their spirit, we embrace “unconstrained winemaking,” awarding our winemaker the freedom to create the ultimate expression of each vintage—outside the bounds of a given varietal, appellation, or winemaking tradition. Without rules or expectations comes the opportunity to redefine the game.

Though the recipe may change from year to year, Bootleg’s exuberant, bold and complex blends challenge convention while remaining anchored in celebrated vineyards throughout Napa and Sonoma.

Mastermind

Kristy Melton

Before joining Bootleg in 2016, Winemaker Kristy Melton held the role of Director of Winemaking at Napa Valley’s iconic Clos Du Val Winery, where her exceptional ability to craft modern wines of balance and elegance was widely credited for the winery’s reemergence as a leader in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon production.

An El Paso, Texas native, Kristy graduated with a BS in Biology and Animal Science from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas before going on to the University of California where she earned an MS in Viticulture and Enology in 2007.

Honored to be named among Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s "Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers" as well as Drinks Business’ "Top 30 under 40 Winemakers to Watch," Kristy leverages her meticulous attention to detail to craft wines of structure, ripeness and balance.

Word on the Street

2013 Bootleg Red Blend | 94 Points

"a major sleeper of not only the vintage, but in its entire concept…off-the-charts in terms of its hedonistic appeal—a big-time winner."

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2012 Bootleg Red Blend | 90 Points

"...This innovative blend is outstanding..."

Kristy Melton profiled in The Drinks Business's 30 winemakers under 40 to watch

Kristy Melton named in Wine Enthusiast's 40 Under 40

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