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July Featured Wines

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

July Featured Wines

These 2 wines are offered on a LIMITED basis.  Wine Club Members have primary access to the allotment.  Remaining wines will be made available to the general public next month.

 

 

CARMÉNÈRE


 

 

The Carménère grape is a wine grape variety originally planted in the Medoc region of Bordeaux, France, where it was used to produce deep red wines and occasionally used for blending purposes.

Cuttings of Carménère were imported by Chilean growers from Bordeaux during the 19th century, where they were frequently confused with Merlot vines.

Now rarely found in France, the world's largest area planted with this variety is in Chile in South America, with more than 4,000 hectares (about 10,000 acres) cultivated in the Central Valley. As such, Chile produces the vast majority of Carménère wines available today.

Chile is one of the foremost producers of Carmenere with its warm climate, long growing season, and fertile soils making ideal conditions for this grape. Similar to Merlot, Carmenère is a synonym for brilliant red, ‘carmine’. Blended with the King of red grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, it produces exceptionally powerful, rich red wines of great length and structure.

Our Limited Chilean Carmenere is a deep crimson, with dark cherry aroma, red fruits and berry notes running to a smoky, spicy finish with notes of dark chocolate and tobacco. With medium body and moderate tannins, this wine has a well structured mouth filling texture, velvety on the tongue with very supple tannins Carmenere drinks well young and improves with age. Drink with grilled beef, pizza, or dark chocolate.

 

ROSSO GRANDE


Aglianico, a full-bodied Italian varietal, adds personality to classic Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in a bold crimson blend.With rustic, earthy flavors including spicy pepper, leather and tobacco to ripe plum and black fruits, this blend's fine tannins provide a pleasing and not too astringent finish.The fruit and earth are in harmony creating a beautifully balanced red wine.

Campania, in the southwest Italian peninsula has volcanic ash, a harsh climate and high altitude.These conditions are ideal for Aglianico grapes, which gain an incredible flavors from stress in the growing vines.The geography of Tuscany is made up of hills and is perhaps the best known wine region in Italy.The range of climate zones from Mediterranean to Continental creates excellent growing conditions for an assortment of fine grapes that line the hillsides.The Alps offer shelter to the vineyards in Veneto, shielding the grapes from potentially harsh conditions that exist north of the mountains.

Pair this blend with intensely flavored foods.Grilled red meats are a delicious match as are braised game meats.Roasted mushrooms are a wonderful accompaniment with their earthy flavor.  For cheese, sample with Pecorino.

 

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