95 Insider Points
91 Points- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Pedigree- 2012 Vintage)
Very Good- Wine Spectator (Pedigree- 2012 Vintage)
Have You Ever Worked On a Horse Ranch?
It's invigorating. I spent a bit of time with rescue horses on a ranch in the Mayacamas (the range running between Napa and Sonoma). This wine gave me a bit of nostalgia, putting me right back up within the pines and among the thoroughbreds (the Clydesdale was my favorite).
Like those beautiful horses, this wine is pure-bred, a gorgeous Napa blend. Rich plum, fig & oak on the nose. The palate shows graphite and herbs, with fig jam, tobacco, anise and ripe blackberry. It has a nice, long finish that sits for a good while. As Kramer would say, Giddyup!
95 Points - JZ February '18
"The 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Rabicano from Yountville is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc. A dense purple color is followed by sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with a note of spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied with supple tannins, outstanding concentration and overall balance and equilibrium, this impressively endowed, serious red merits attention. Consume it over the next 6-10 years."- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
"Well-focused on a core of rich dark berry, licorice, espresso and light mocha, this turns toward herb and cedar notes while maintaining a supple texture and firm tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2026. 1,884 cases made."- Wine Spectator
Napa Valley, California
60% Cabernet Sauvignon 26% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc 5% Petit Verdot 2% Malbec
17 months in 66% new French oak
1,238 cases produced
Like the Arabian horses for which this winery and vineyard is named, the 2014 Tamber Bey Rabicano is poetry in motion. A sublime combination of wild fury and poise. Every sip of this deeply luxurious and complex marvel brings the full picture of Yountville’s glory to bear: black fruit, juicy richness, velvet tannins, and a finish that lingers like summer in Napa. The glass is a hard to put down as it is tempting to refill.
We expect nothing less from the notoriously talented Thomas Rivers Brown, 2010 Food & Wine Magazine's Winemaker of the Year and recipient of multiple 100 Point scores from Wine Spectator. A legend in his own right, Brown’s skill have graced some of Napa’s most iconic brands (Far Niente, Duckhorn, Cade, and Newton to name a few). When he planted his own roots in 2000, the world stop and waited for what grandeur would come next.
And out of the gates galloped Tamber Bey. Named for Thomas’ two Arabian horses, Tamborina and Bayamo, who inspired the master to his high calling in Napa. Like nothing else in Napa can, this Bordeaux blend captures the incredible potential of Yountville fruit. Prepare to enjoy a delicious new definition of horse power from one of Napa’s most exclusive wineries.
Why we love it:
- A Bordeaux blend which frames the powerhouse of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) with the gossamer elegance of Merlot (26%). The full portrait is bolstered by the smoldering muscle of Petit Verdot and heady floral aromatics of Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
- A single vineyard masterpiece that only Tamber Bey could produce, the Deux Chevaux Vineyard is a Yountville landmark. Sixty acres just northeast of the township, the vineyard is named for the French translation of “Two Horses,” Tamber Bey’s namesake.
- This glorious wine spends 17 months aging in French Oak, 2/3 of which is pristine and new.
- Fun fact: Tamber Bey’s winemaking facility is also a world-class equestrian center. The Sundance Ranch is home to Arabian endurance race horses and the spirit lives on!
The nose is full of plum and blackberry, with an undertone of dry figs and a hint of clay. The mouth-feel is fleshy and consistent, with black currant and blackberry, as well as hints of rosemary, ripe nectarine and flowers. The finish is long, with dark chocolate, cherry and slate notes.
In 2000, Waitte hired winemaker Thomas Brown as the founding winemaker for Tamber Bey wines. In 2003, Tamber Bey celebrated the inaugural release of the 2001 Two Rivers Vineyard Chardonnay, Merlot, and Red Wine. Waitte originally named the Yountville vineyard the Two Rivers Vineyard as a tribute to the “two personalities of the Napa River,” which borders the vineyard. The early vintages of Tamber Bey wine have this vineyard designation. Waitte later changed the name to the Deux Chevaux Vineyard to pay homage to Tamber Bey’s namesake, his first two Arabian horses, Tamborina and Bayamo. “Deux Chevaux” is French for “two horses.”
Today, Tamber Bey’s portfolio of wines are made by winemaker Frederic Delivert from Waitte’s estate-grown fruit and from grapes carefully sourced from select vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties. The wines are produced at the Sundance Ranch, a world-class equestrian facility in Calistoga that is home to the winery. Sundance Ranch is also home to the Waittes’ Arabian endurance race horses. These horses compete in races covering 50 to 100 miles, and are ridden by Waitte and his wife Jennifer, who is the trainer of these wonderful horses.
We suggest pairing this wine with a medium rare filet mignon topped with bleu cheese and a side of frites au jus.