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Dark Star, Red Table Wine, Columbia Valley

Dark Star, Red Table Wine, Columbia Valley Wine Details
Price: $18.00 per bottle

Description: This lovely red wine is a Rhone varietal blend of 48% Syrah, 28% Mourvedre, 14% Grenache and 10% Counnoise. Fruit was sourced mainly from Ciel du Cheval, but also from Destiny Ridge, Haak, Elephant Mountain, Naches Heights and Vignes de Marcoux Vineyards. It has intense pie-cherry and cassis aromatics; copious red fruit and lush crème de cassis flavors; a glycerin-infused full body and a lively natural acid and chalky tannin structure. Drinking well now for its lush fruit, but this well-endowed red should age beautifully for 6-7 years beyond vintage. It is a food-friendly wine that matches perfectly with anything charbroiled! Try with cinnamon chicken covered with a apple cider reduction sauce. PPW 7/05

Varietal Definition
As long as the weather is warm, Mourvedre ably tolerates a wide variety of soils. It is popular across the south of France, especially in Provence, where it is responsible for the greatness of Bandol, and many a fine red Cotes-du-Rhone. It is often blended in Chateauneuf-du-Pape; Languedoc makes it as a varietal. Spain uses it in many areas, including Valencia. In the United States, Mourvedre remains a minor factor for now, pursued by a few wineries that specialize in Rhone-style wines. The wine it produces can be quite pleasing, with medium weight, spicy cherry and berry flavors and moderate tannins. It ages well.
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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