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Alta Luna

Alta Luna
2012 Phases, Vigneto delle Dolomiti IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Pork

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: .25%
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92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$13.99
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Alta Luna
2012 Phases, Vigneto delle Dolomiti IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Pork

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: .25%
Bright medium deep purple color. Bright, fruity, minerally aromas of spiced berries and cashew brittle with a soft, bright, dry full body and a tingling, medium-length chocolate raisins, spiced cherries, mocha, and nutskin finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An attractive, refreshing Italian red.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy, smooth & oaky
Aroma Aroma: spiced berries and cashew brittle
Taste Flavor: chocolate raisins, spiced cherries, mocha, and nutskin
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food or on its own
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Merguez Sausages, Roasted Boar, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An attractive, refreshing Italian red.

The Producer or Importer

Palm Bay International

The Producer or  Importer
48 Harbor Park Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
USA
1 800-872-5622

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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.