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Los Ranchos Winery

Los Ranchos Winery
2012 Montepulciano, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Pork Vegetables

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15% RS: .16%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29
Best NM Red

Los Ranchos Winery
2012 Montepulciano, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Pork Vegetables

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15% RS: .16%
Dull brown brick red color. Roasted, earthy aromas and flavors of stewed and spiced tomatoes, green herbs, roasted chestnuts, and polished wood with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish that shows notes of dried cherries, delicate spiced cocoa, and cedar with fine, dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely, dry and savory domestic take on the classic Italian grape.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Savory
Aroma Aroma: stewed and spiced tomatoes, green herbs, roasted chestnuts, and polished wood
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of dried cherries, delicate spiced cocoa, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pappardelle Pasta with Mushrooms, Braciole, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lovely, dry and savory domestic take on the classic Italian grape.

The Producer

Los Ranchos Winery

The Producer
6829 Fourth St, NW
Los Ranchos, NM 87107
USA
1 505-934-0665

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.