Vineyard: Apalta Vineyard,
Vineyard Location Colchagua Valley Chili
Vintage Year: 2007
Varity Blend: Merlot
Eye Notes: Deep Maroon color, medium body
Nose Notes: Plumbs, Cranberries, Black Berries, Black Pepper, Leather, Tobacco Leaves, oak wood.
Tasting Notes: High in Tannins, sweet start, spicy finish, long finish, Pepper, figs, currents.
Would Pair Well With: Venison, Braised Lamb Shank, Smoked Duck, Bone in Ribeye, Bison, Pork Belly.
As with all wines, the particular winemaker will have adequate “say” in the style of wine he will produce. That said, red wines are often classified by “body-type.” For example, one might say that a certain red wine is “light-bodied” – referring to the mouth-feel and tannin structure. A light-bodied wine will have fewer tannins present and less presence on the palate. These wines tend to be less demanding partners with flavor-filled foods. An example of a light-bodied red wine would be one derived from the Gamay grape varietal, such as France’s famed young red wine: Beaujolais Nouveau. A medium-bodied red wine will contain more tannins than the above Beaujolais Nouveau, but will not have near the pucker power of a high-powered California Cabernet Sauvignon or an Italian Super Tuscan. Typical examples of medium-bodied red wines include: Merlot, Shiraz or a Chianti. Full-bodied red wines boast the highest tannin (and often alcohol) content. Prime examples of full-bodied reds are France’s esteemed Bordeaux wines, California’s key Cabs and Italy’s sizzling Super Tuscans. In general, light-bodied wines tend to “feel” more like water in the mouth. In contrast, “full-bodied” wines feel heavier, more like milk, this effect is due in large part to the higher tannin (and again, alcohol) content.
Dry Red WinesAs with all wines, the particular winemaker will have adequate “say” in the style of wine he will produce. That said, red wines are often classified by “body-type.” For example,...
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