Lake William

In 1993, one dark night during fermentation pumpovers William Jarvis accidentally pumped a third of a tank of Cabernet Franc into a tank of Cabernet Sauvignon. Both he and our winemaker consultant Dimitri Tchelistcheff were distraught until the fermentation was complete and Dimitri declared the wine “not that bad”. The accidental blend, something akin to a Bordeaux Blend was an immediate hit with the winery guests and since 1996, Lake William has been made yearly with that same blend of red grapes always coming from the vineyards cooled by the breezes off Lake William.

2008 Lake William Blend

The 2008 Lake William follows in the footsteps of its sensational predecessors. William Jarvis made the mistake of his career in 1993 during midnight pump-overs, when he accidentally pumped a third of a tank of Cabernet Franc into a tank of Cabernet Sauvignon. The experience was devastating, but after the fermentation completed the winemaker, Dimitri Tchelistcheff, who had not had much to say to William since the “accident”, said “this new Bordeaux blend” turned out “not that bad”. In fact, it kept getting better with age! It was enjoyed so much in the tasting room it became a sold-out product, and this blend has been made every year since. The grapes in the blend come from those vineyards cooled by the breezes off Lake William, hence the name. This wine has gone through extended aging and released when out winemaker felt it was ready for you and your friends to enjoy. Best to enjoy within ten years.

2008 Lake William Blend

2006 Lake William Blend
Winner of the World Tasting Event, our 2006 Lake William is a treasured wine. Hailing from a cellar mistake over 20 years ago, today this signature red blend is one of our most sought after wines. A true expression of our cool climate vineyards, the grapes for this wine grow directly in the path of the breezes coming off of Lake William, giving the wine its name. In addition to its first place showing at the World Tasting Event, this wine has garnered multiple 90+ scores.
2006 Lake William Blend


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