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Article | May 27, 2023

Introducing Buonomo Reserve

What is a Reserve wine? Wine enthusiasts like to think that there is something very special about a Reserve wine. The sad fact is that in the US there are no legal definitions for “Reserve” wines.

Introducing Buonomo Reserve

What is a Reserve wine?

Wine enthusiasts like to think that there is something very special about a Reserve wine. One might assume that it was made from grapes the vintner held back for their exceptional quality. Or maybe the grapes came from a particular block of a vineyard known for producing the finest fruit. Maybe the wine was aged only in brand new French oak barrels.

The sad fact is that in the US there are no legal regulations for labeling a wine Reserve. Case in point, wine industry behemoth Kendal Jackson has a number of quality tiers in their offerings. At their bottom rung is their Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay. It is aged only for a few months before being bottled, sold and consumed. At around $12.00 a bottle, the only thing special about it is that it is the most popular wine in America.

Essentially, Ernest and Julio Gallo could paste a Reserve label on their Carlo Rossi jug wine and there would be no regulatory problems.

Only in Italy, Spain and Portugal are there legal regulations for calling a wine a Reserve.

What is Buonomo Reserve?

All of my current release wines are aged for two years in oak barrels and then bottle aged for a minimum of one additional year before they are released. Technically, based on established requirements in Italy, Spain and Portugal, these all could legally be considered Reserve wines in Europe.

But I take it a step further. Before I go about blending these wines, I taste through each barrel.  I use barrels from several different cooperages so there always is some variation in flavor. Sometimes I’ll find a barrel of wine that is so outstanding that I keep it out of the blend and age it in that barrel for third year. These become my reserve wines.

The long and the short of it is this, all Buonomo Reserves are single varietal wines. No blends. Secondly, they all have been barrel aged for three years in French oak and bottle aged for a minimum of one year before they are released.

Because of the high quality, extended aging and limited quantity, these wines carry a hefty price tag. That is the reason these wines are not available in flights or by the glass in the tasting room.

But all that changes on Thursday, June 1.

We are giving everyone a chance to taste thorough the Buonomo Reserve lineup.

Eight single varietal Buonomo Reserves will be open for you to taste.

We’ll be offering flights of four and glass pours.

These wines are from the 2017 and the 2016 vintage so are 6 and 7 years old respectively.

The wines offered are:

2016  Aglianico Reserve

2016 Charbono Reserve

2017 Blaufränkisch Reserve

2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

2017 Malbec Reserve

2017 Petit Verdot Reserve

Buonomo Reserve Tasting
Thursday, June 1, 2023

1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

No reservations necessary

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