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The proprietor and winemaker for BÖEN is Joseph Wagner. "BÖEN" is a translation of "The Farm," emphasizing that winemaker Joseph Wagner is first and foremost a farmer. The winery focuses solely on California appellation Pinot Noirs from Russian River Valley, Santa Maria Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands, all priced at $31 SRP and found discounted at many wine retailers.
Wagner is a fifth-generation Napa Valley winemaker, who worked as a young man alongside his father at Caymus Vineyards. In 2001, he founded Belle Glos, later started the highly popular Meiomi label that he subsequently sold, and more recently in 2016 launched a number of new brands, including BÖEN, under Copper Cane Wines & Provisions.
The wines are available on the winery's website and in wide national distribution.
2016 BÖEN Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., $27. Produced and bottled by BÖEN Wines, Napa, CA. Winemaker is Joseph Wagner. · Dark garnet color in the glass. The aromatics are not particularly appealing, offering scents of dark fruits, fertile earth, weathered oak and oak vanillin. A full-bodied style that is plush, soft and velvety on the palate, displaying purple and black fruit flavors with a heavy dose of dark chocolate and vanilla. A fruity wine in the Meiomi style, lacking vibrancy, and finishing slightly hot. Score: 86. Reviewed September 14, 2018 ARTICLE »