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"MUDD" Wine Details
Price: $40.00 per bottle

Description: Mudd is a distinctive red blend whose varieties and proportions change with each vintage. We believe that the best red wines made here on Long Island are the products of careful viticulture, delicate handling and creative blending. Our 2003 “MUDD” is a dry, medium-bodied red wine made from 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Blaufrankisch. The Cabernet always comes from the Mudd Vineyard on the North Fork, which was planted in 1975 primarily on its own rootstock... The Merlot and Blaufrankisch come from our estate in Bridgehampton. All the fruit was hand-picked, de-stemmed, crushed by foot and punched down by hand. This wine was raised in eleven French oak barrels and one American oak barrel, ranging from new to four years old, for twenty one months. Racked minimally, this wine was bottled by gravity, unfined and unfiltered, and may throw a sediment. The wine is a deep ruby color and offers flavors of plums, black cherries, blackberries, lilacs, pepper, vanilla and roasted meats. The addition of Merlot and Blaufrankisch have really helped flesh out the mid-palate of the wine and as a result the “MUDD” 2003 offers a plump, supple, seamless drinking experience with a persistent finish. This wine will develop beautifully in the bottle, so is a good candidate for cellaring. The reason the wine is called “MUDD” is both a reference to David and Steve Mudd with whom we have a special relationship, and the name of their vineyard from where the Cabernet is grown. It is also a tribute to our local terroir, the earth, the mud that Mudd Vineyard and our Estate find home.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.
Name for a Gamay type clone grape that is grown in Austria and used to produce dry, fruity red wines. The grape is also grown in Germany under the name Limberger. Also known as the Kekfrankos grape in Hungary and currently the main ingredient partly replacing Kadarka in the red wine blend once famous as "Egri Bikaver".
Merlot is known as a Noble Bordeaux varietal. Although it came to France in the first century, it was not named until the 1880s. Merlot was originally used only for blending, as it is soft and compliant, very useful in softening other Bordeaux wines like Cabernets. Recently in California and Chile it became popular as a 100% varietal wine. Merlot tends to be easier to grow in a variety of soil conditions and is harvested earlier in the year than Cabernet. Although most Merlots are made to be drunk earlier, there are many with complexities of a Cabernet. Flavors of plum, black cherry, violet, chocolate and orange pair well with rich, red pasta dishes, hearty chicken dishes, and any beef combination that you fancy. The perfect match of course is chocolate. Not only does the chocolate compliment the wine and vice-versa, but the essence of both flavors linger eternally.


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