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Cote du Umpqua

Cote du Umpqua Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: MarshAnne Landing's 2003 Cote du Umpqua is a spicy Rhone style blend of Syrah (44%) and Grenache (51%) and Mourverde that shows plum, berry, and dark cherry flavors accompanied with elements of licorice and mint. This wine is an excellent accompaniment to a wide range of Mediterranean style foods. Grapes were hand harvested, fermented in open top containers, pressed gently in a basket bladder press, and then aged for 10 months in small oak barrels prior to blending.

Varietal Definition
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.
Grenache Noir is the world’s most widely planted grape used to make red wine, sometimes made into a stand-alone varietal, frequently as a Rosé, but most often as a backbone of red blends. Its strength is its ability to grow in arid and windy conditions. It’s particularly suited to warm coastal regions of California, Spain and France. Grenache-based wines tend to be high in alcohol, with attractive fruit qualities in youth and a sweet berry character.Used as a component in some Northern Rhône reds, nearly exclusively for Rhône Rosés and as the primary component in nearly all Southern Rhône red blends, Grenache is probably most notable as the base varietal for Chateauneuf du Pape, Cotes du Rhône and Gigondas. In spite of its fame coming from French wines, Spain is most likely this grape’s origin.


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