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Brutocao

Brutocao
2013 Estate Bottled Quadriga Hopland Ranches Red Blend, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$26

Brutocao
2013 Estate Bottled Quadriga Hopland Ranches Red Blend, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Dark dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sun-dried dark fruit, stewing berries, oregano, and rosemary with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish with accents of country relish, dill, and fresh summer berry with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A well made Italian varietal blend with big complexity and charm.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: sun-dried dark fruit, stewing berries, oregano, and rosemary
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of country relish, dill, and fresh summer berry
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Lamb Chops With A Rosemary Sauce, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A well made Italian varietal blend with big complexity and charm.

The Producer

Brutocao Cellars

The Producer
1400 Hwy 175
Hopland, CA 95449
USA
1 707-744-1066

Their Portfolio

86 Bliss Family Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
85 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
86 Bliss Family Vineyards 2016 Rosé Estate Bottled, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
91 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
87 Bliss Family Vineyards 2014 Estate Bottled, Zinfandel, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
86 Bliss Family Vineyards Blissful Red, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
85 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $.00.
91 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $.00.
85 Bliss Family Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
90 Bliss Family Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
88 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled, Zinfandel, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
94 Brutocao 2015 Estate Bottled Hopland Ranches, Chardonnay, Mendocino 14.3% (USA) $18.00.
90 Brutocao 2016 Estate Bottled Feliz Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
88 Brutocao 2013 Estate Bottled Quadriga Hopland Ranches Red Blend, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
88 Brutocao 2013 Estate Bottled Bliss Vineyard, Zinfandel, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
88 Brutocao 2014 Torrent Hopland Ranches Red Wine, Mendocino 14.5% (USA) $.00.
89 Brutocao 2014 Contento Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 14.5% (USA) $.00.

Italian Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
While many famous wines in Italy, such as Barolo or Brunello di Montalcino, are produced entirely from one grape type, most red wines are blends of several varieties. Most examples of Chianti are blends of several varieties, with Sangiovese as the principal grape as well as Canaiolo, Colorino and/or Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bolgheri is another examples, as this red wine from coastal Tuscany contains Cabernet Sauvignon (sometimes a small amount, often a large amount) as well as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese.

There are also white varietal blends; some of the best of these are from Friuli and contain varying amounts of several grapes such as Friulano, Sauvignon, Ribolla Gialla, Chardonnay and others.

The main purpose of crafting one of these varietal blends is for greater complexity; aging potential is often another reason.