Petar Kirilov grew up making wine and grappa with his father in Bulgaria, experiences which would undoubtedly shape his future path. After graduating from the University of Food Technologies in 2002, he obtained a master’s degree in winemaking and made the giant move to Napa Valley. Landing an internship with Truchard Vineyards in Carneros, Petar finally put his education to the test and realized that he had a natural talent for winemaking. He later went on to be head winemaker at Meadowcroft and Foyt Wines before launching his own brand, Kukeri, in 2013. Named after a pagan ritual, Kukeri Wines are a celebration of life and pay tribute to the Bulgarian festival that is steeped in tradition and symbolism for over 8,000 years. Kukeri Wines is a small operation producing single-vineyard Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from esteemed appellations including Mount Veeder, Stags Leap, Rutherford, Los Carneros, Sonoma Coast, Petaluma Gap and Russian River Valley. Only five barrels of this Rutherford Cabernet were produced, and we feel incredibly lucky to be able to feature such a limited, not to mention wildly delicious wine in our club!
This is everything we want in a Napa Cabernet at a stellar price! Aromas of coconut, vanilla bean, blackberry and Crème de Cassis introduce a rich and full-bodied palate that showcases the Rutherford appellation’s signature ‘dusty’ tannins. Aged in 40% new French oak for 24 months, notes of toasted nutmeg, cinnamon, cedar and clove envelop the palate, framing a vibrant core of black plummy fruit. Despite the assertive oak flavors and ample tannins, a robust acidity provides lift and balance.