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Ruby-Ruby Port, Cucamonga-California

Ruby-Ruby Port, Cucamonga-California Wine Details
Price: $14.00 per bottle

Description: Ruby Ruby is the result of a life-long love affair with fine dessert wine productions here in the famous Cucamonga Valley. Old world winemaking practices are utilized in traditional "Solera" barrel-aging to produce this delicious ruby red port wine. Fractional blending techniques combine young red port (old vine Zinfandel, Alicante Bouchet, Grenache and Sultanina varietals) with multiple layers of aged light port. Harmonious flavors of blueberry, raspberry and semi-sweet chocolate meld with complexities of oak spice and sweetness. Enjoy Cucamonga's Ruby Ruby with an array of dessert entrees, rich aged cheese, dark chocolate or on its own for slow sipping. 19.4% alc by vol. Limited production 300 cases (500mls) bottled 2/04.

Varietal Definition
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.
Zinfandel is a variety of red grape planted in over 10 percent of California wine vineyards. DNA fingerprinting revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelanski, and also the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in the 'heel' of Italy. It is typically made into a robust red wine. Its taste depends on the ripeness of the grapes from which it is made. Red berry fruits like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas such as the Napa Valley, whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas such as Sonoma County. Many Zinfandels come from head pruned ‘Old Vines’. ‘Old Vine’ is generally understood to mean a vine that is more than 50 years old and that produces less than three tons per acre. ‘Head Pruning’ is an old European style of pruning that trains the vine into the shape of a goblet. It requires no wires or other complex trellis systems. Head pruning spreads the fruit uniformly along the vine and allows light penetration.In the USA a semi-sweet Rosé (blush-style) wine called ‘White Zinfandel’ has achieved widespread popularity. In fact, this popularity has so outstripped all other forms that many fans think there is actually a grape called “White Zinfandel” (there isn’t)!


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