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Le Vigne

Le Vigne
2016 Cuore della Vigna Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$44

Le Vigne
2016 Cuore della Vigna Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of dried raspberry and cherry, orange zest, pencil shavings, and ganache with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, intricate, medium-long rose hip jam, milk chocolate, dried mint, and pressed flowers finish with moderate oak flavor. A terrific wine from Paso Robles; a New World Super Tuscan with superb balance and stylish nuance.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: dried raspberry and cherry, orange zest, pencil shavings, and genache
Taste Flavor: rose hip jam, milk chocolate, dried mint, and pressed flowers
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A terrific wine from Paso Robles; a New World Super Tuscan with superb balance and stylish nuance.

The Producer

Le Vigne Winery

The Producer
5115 Buena Vista Dr
Paso Robles, CA 93446
USA
1 805-227-4000

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.