Chateauneuf Du Pape
This famous blend is based on the French Rhone Valley style. It uses Alicante, Cabernet, Grenache, and Syrah. The choices of delicious red blends are endless for this particular choice, with the juice from the selected grapes producing an almost jam-like consistency when ripe. The Syrah generally provides spice and color, while the Mourvèdre inclusions add elegance and structure.
Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc
This beloved Bordeaux blend has been adopted by wine lovers the world over for its amazing flavor, rich aroma, and easy drinkability. The more-dominant Cabernet Sauvignon provides the lion’s share of the acidic and tannic structure, as well as the complexity of the savor of cassis, cedar, and tobacco aromas. But the Cabernet Franc still also plays its part wafting a more floral component and a hint of spice to finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blends call the various regions of Western Australia home. They are known for their cassis, mocha, and sweet/spicy aromas, as well as a supple texture that is fruitier than anything else. Hints of blueberry dance upon the tongue then finish with a long, slow dark chocolate tannic taste at the end. Due to their complex structures, they tend to age well.
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Syrah blend is a new-world approach to classic wine styles. The Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend makes an ideal Bordeaux, but the addition of the Syrah or Shiraz is a big left turn that is gaining popularity in Tuscany, Spain, the Mediterranean coast of France, and other locations. The full body of the three blends is characterized by a tannic aftertaste, green pepper, and black currant. With the juicy mouthfeel of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in dominant quantities, the spice added by the small amount of added Syrah gives the wine its own unique life.
Cabernet Sauvignon/Old Vine Zinfandel
When working with two titans of the red wine family, it is best to even them out for the best flavors. With the Cabernet Sauvignon and Old Vine Zinfandel blend, the addition of Old vine will soften the Cabernet and make it more drinkable earlier.
Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz (Syrah) is Australia’s signature blend. With most of the tannic mouth structure coming from the Cabernet, the Syrah kicks in to deliver a fruity finish that many enjoy. The result? A tremendous drinkability throughout the lifespan of the wine (corked or uncorked).
Chianti is a robust red wine blend that comes from Tuscany. It generally consists of mostly a bold Sangiovese with a dash of Canaiolo and other approved red grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Syrah. There are many types of Chianti available – Classico, Reserva, and Superiore – each with their own required alcohol content, storing requirements, and necessary fermentation period.
Vino Di Cinque Uva
The wines of Cinque Terra, the 5 remote towns in the Italian Riviera, are among the most costly, and most difficult to make, the world. All of their winemaking is done by hand throughout their rugged, impossibly-steep mountain terrain. Called Sciacchetrà (pronounced shahk-eh-TRA) by its friends, this rare nectar is made with the best grapes that are grown closest to the sea. The locals dry the berries out on mats for several months then make tiny amounts of their wine for the luckiest connoisseurs. Vino Di Cinque Uva tastes of honey, dried apricot, pastry cream, candied tangerine, hazelnut, dried sage, and other flavors that make it a truly once-in-a-lifetime wine.
Italian Table Wine
Old Vine Zinfandel/Ruby Cabernet
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