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Angelica Elena - Cucamonga Valley

Angelica Elena - Cucamonga Valley Wine Details
Price: $16.00 per bottle

Description: A special tribute to the late Elena "Elaine" Filippi (1931-1993) and her sweet and elegant qualities. Considered California's "first" wine, Angelica is a fortified wine made of 50% Mission grape juice and 50% grape brandy and is historic to California's mission period. Angelica Elena is a reserve release held dear to all of us here at Joseph Filippi Winery. It has its beginnings in our solera-style barrel aging. The majority of the wine's volume is a combination of rich, creamy baked sweet sherry (12+ years), dry baked aperitif sherry and aged sweet Angelica. Extended aging occurs within the stave wood of 60+ year-old seasoned California redwood cooperage and contains the famous Spanish sherry grape varieties of Pedro Ximenez and Palomino (Chasselas). The label suggests that the richness is only surpassed by the heritage of the Cucamonga in which it was produced. Sweet and elegant dessert wine. Note: Due to the age of this dessert wine, there is sediment in each bottle (375mls). 19% alc by vol. Mulit-medal winner.

Varietal Definition
Minor grape grown in Switzerland, France and New Zealand. Widely grown in the cantons of the first country where it has several regional names, such as Perlan in the Mandement district. Mostly vinified to be a full, dry and fruity white wine. In France it is mostly grown in the Loire region where it is converted into a blend with Sauvignon Blanc called "Pouilly-sur-Loire" and in the Savoy region where it is treated in the Swiss manner. In New Zealand it is mainly made into popular sweet white wines.
Earliest grape planted in 17th century in what is now the state of California. Thought to have arrived in the America's by Spanish conquistadores importation. Known to be identical with the Pais grape widely grown in Chile and thought to originate from the Monica grape of Spain and Sardinia.
Palomino is a white grape widely grown in Spain and South Africa, and best known for its use in the manufacture of sherry. Also found in Australia and California where it is also used mainly to produce fortified wines, the grape was once thought to be the Golden Chasselas, a grape grown in California. The wine-must has tendency to oxidise quickly, a characteristic that can be ignored when used for sherry production. In Spain, the grape is split into the sub-varieties Palomino Fino, Palomino Basto, and Palomino de Jerez, of which Palomino Fino is by far the most important, being the principal grape used in the manufacture of sherry. The wine formed by fermentation of the grape is low in both acidity and sugar which, whilst suitable for sherry, ensures that any table wine made from it is of a consistently low quality, unless aided by acidification. In France, it is referred to as Listán, and in South Africa as Fransdruif or White French.


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