Home   Map   Blog Roll   WineCompass   Wine 101   My Compass 

Hoo Doo Red - Santa Barbara County - Red Table Wine

Hoo Doo Red - Santa Barbara County - Red Table Wine Wine Details
Price: $14.00 per bottle

Description: Our 2002 Hoo Doo Red continues to evolve and become a finer wine with each new vintage. The blend for our 2002 bottling is 53% Syrah and 47% Cabernet Franc from the same vineyards that produced our Syrah and Blues Cuvee bottlings. All the component wines were aged for an average of 16 months in a blend of French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels. The wines were lightly fined in the barrels to remove any excess harsh tannins, and then blended a few weeks prior to being bottled. This wine has the power of fruit and moderate tannins that are not generally found in wines in this price range. The wine will benefit from three to five years of additional bottle age, if the consumer wishes to cellar a few bottles.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Franc:
Cabernet Franc is an accessible, spicy, herbal, dark blue grape variety that is often compared to Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannin than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Sometimes the French refer to Cabernets, which could mean either of the two grapes. Its typical aromas include an herbaceous and pronounced peppery nose, even in ripe fruit, and something eerily like tobacco. The Cabernet Franc ripens at an earlier stage, which gives it reason to exist in the Bordeaux area. In the Loire, where we find it a lot, it gives a clear red fresh and fruity wine.
Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.


Back to Longoria Wines information