GIFFT by Kathie Lee Gifford Red Blend 2011

Red Blends from Central Coast, California

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Item No. 129988
  • WE91
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.

Winemaker's Notes

I tend to prefer white wines and find myself first reaching for Gifft Chardonnay. But I really wanted to work with the Scheid family to craft an easy-drinking red, one that pairs well with a wide variety of food but is also pleasing to drink all on its own. Our 2011 Gifft Red Blend was created to do just that. Coming up with the final blend, comprised of 10 different varietals, was like a wonderful experiment, with plenty of mixing, discussion, adjustments and lots and lots of tasting. The result is an oh-so-smooth and oh- so-flavorful red blend, with a core of red fruit that carries through from beginning to end. While it certainly falls in the category of "easy- drinking red", the complexity, balance and lushness make it a wine for casual drinkers and serious wine-lovers alike.
Kathie Lee Gifford

Our 2011 vintage of Gifft Red Blend is comprised of 10 different varietals, blended to showcase the fully-integrated bright fruit character of each component. With aromas of blackberry and ripe plum and loads of black fruit on the palate, it exhibits a smooth, silky mouthfeel on a mediumbodied, soft round frame with a touch of vanilla and sweet oak.

Our 2011 Red Blend is 100% estate grown and hails from the Scheid family's vineyards in Monterey County. The Monterey growing region is known for having the longest growing season in California due to the maritime influence of the Monterey Bay. The winds that sweep through the vineyards each day bring a natural cooling effect, allowing an extra two to four weeks of what winemakers call "hang time". Increased hang time leads to more intense flavor development and an enhanced richness of the fruit.

Blend: 42% Merlot, 25% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot, 4% Other Reds (Tempranillo, Touriga Nacionale, Tinto Cao, Tannat), 4% Other Whites (Muscat Canelli, Riesling)

Critical Acclaim

"Kathie Lee Gifford teams with Monterey County's Scheid Vineyards for this wine, which features 42% Merlot, 25% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot. There’s a mix of iron, coffee and crushed, dried violet on the Old World-leaning nose. The herbal elegance continues on the palate, with dried oregano seasoning the dark black and blue fruit elements."
91 Points

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Learn About GIFFT by Kathie Lee Gifford

GIFFT Wines is a partnership between Kathie Lee Gifford and Scheid Family Wines. The wines are 100% Estate Grown from Scheid's vineyards in Monterey County, California. Founded in 1972, Scheid Family Wines is a family-owned company with ten estate vineyards located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley. Kathie Lee Gifford is the co-host of the fourth hour of NBC's Today...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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