Hello Kitty California Red Wine 2010
Other Red Blends from California
- red wine
- Smooth & Supple
- 14.0% abv
Deep purple in color, this red blend shows aromas of warm baked
berry cobbler spiked with cinnamon and nutmeg. Toasted French oak marrying with jammy blueberry and cherry sing from the glass.
Raspberry and wild strawberry flavors present in the mouth, which slowly meld into cedar, dark plums, white pepper, molasses, and tealeaf notes. On the finish, you experience dark raspberry flavors along with bright acidity, notes of a fresh cup of cappuccino, and rich integrated oak with hints of caramel and cloves. Balance of fruit and acidity are what makes this red blend a great food wine,
a classic Italian wine style profile. This blend is assembled from a combination of Lodi and Paso Robles Syrah; Lodi Syrah lot brings sheer power while the Paso Robles lot adds structure and herbal notes. One third of this wine is Lodi Zinfandel from a great vineyard located just north of Woodbridge; this Zin lot brings a good mouthful of spice and jammy raspberry fruit. Barbera, also from an old vineyard in Lodi, lends lean fruit characteristics and brilliant acidity to this blend. Paso Robles Petite Sirah adds jammy fruit to help round out the tannins and structure from the other legs. Lastly, Alicante Bouchet from Lodi brings dark color and structure to this blend.
This wine would pair wonderfully with hearty Italian dishes such as spaghetti Bolognese or Italian Sausages over penne pasta with a fresh gar-licky tomato sauce.
Blend: 41% Syrah, 33% Zinfandel, 10% Barbera, 9% Petite Sirah, 7% Alicante Bouchet
Hello Kitty Winery
The Hello Kitty wines are produced and distributed by Torti "Tenimenti Castelrotto" family. "Hello Kitty" is one of Japan's symbols: a kitten with a sweet face, born in Tokyo but known all over the world. Hello Kitty wines are fine quality DOC Wines and Rosè Sparkling Wines produced in Lombardy Region in Oltrepo Pavese area.
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
A little ditty about Italy...
This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass
of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.