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SOLD OUTThornton 1997 Red Blend

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Côte Red
Central Coast AVA
Double Gold Medal + Best of Region + Best of Class — California State Fair
 
Appellation
South Coast, California
Grapes
34% Syrah, 33% Grenache, 27% Mourvédre, 4% Terret Noir, 2% Cinsault
Aged
14 months in French & American Oak
Cases Produced
1,700
Enjoy Until
2005


Côte means literally slope or hill in French. The French growers are great believers in the viticultural merits of hillsides, which is why many French wines have Côte as part of their name or a derivation such as Coteau or Côtes. Winemaker Jon McPherson created his own tantalizing “hillside red wine” blend of five grape varietals with origins in the Rhône region of France. The grapes used to make this unique wine are all from rare 70—80 year-old vines.

The blend has a beautiful, red, plum color with spicy fruit qualities in the nose. The five varietals meld to yield a richly complex wine: berries, rose petals, plums, a touch of tobacco and cedar. In addition to the subtle oak, soft mouth-filling tannins give way to the rich fruit flavors and long, lingering finish. Very enjoyable now and is sure to age and become more beguiling with time.

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