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Tre Fanciulli

Tre Fanciulli Wine Details
Price: $35.00 per bottle

Description: Tre Fanciulli has been our flagship wine since 1999. An Italian term for three treasured boys, the "Tre" was named in honor of our three sons. This blend has always been a favorite of ours--hence the name. Blending Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon, Ciel du Cheval Merlot and Lewis Syrah has created a critically acclaimed wine since our first vintage in 1999. For our 2005 Tre, I decided to add juice from an additional vineyard to the wine; Boushey Syrah. Dick Boushey owns several vineyards near his home in Sunnyside, Washington and is recognized internationally as one of the world's top wine growers. I feel incredibly fortunate to add Boushey Vineyard Syrah to our portfolio of high-end sourced grapes. The resulting blend from these sensational fruit sources is a vintage of Tre that has beautiful color and great depth of flavors that compliment hearty dishes - our personal favorite with the Tre is lamb. Peggy and I are enjoying this wine now but it will cellar well for 10 + years.

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.
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.
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.


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