The Messenger Telegram Red Blend
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We layered vineyards, varietals and vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 19% Montepulciano 12% Malbec 8% and Cabernet Franc 3% to create this signature Messenger wine. Bright raspberry tickled by vanilla and with a chewy mouth feel will keep you excited and asking for more.
Wine Enthusiast - "A dramatic, full-flavored and full-bodied red from a small, adventurous Napa-based winery. It offers cedar and tobacco aromas, fresh dark cherry flavors, and good depth and concentration. Strong and generous, this wine is looking to have a good time with you at the dinner table. The blend includes 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, plus Merlot, Montepulciano, Malbec and"
The Messenger Winery
Kat & Rob McDonald have been making and selling wine for 20 years in 3 countries. Rob grew up in Australia's famed Adelaide Hills wine region amongst many of the vintners he would one day represent as importer into the USA. In fact, the business Kat and Rob founded (Old Bridge Cellars) led the charge of high quality, family owned, Australian wineries into the USA in the early 1990's. During this time, Kat and Rob established their own dry grown, naturally farmed vineyard in Heathcote, Victoria. They also purchased and farmed a prized Napa Valley Cabernet Vineyard and collaborated with many other great winemakers in Australia and New Zealand to make a diverse and highly regarded set of wines.
Matt Stone's family founded Napa valley icon, Sterling Vineyards in 1964. As a young man, Matt earned his first paycheck from the winery and helped his father with many aspects of vineyard and winery life. Keeping his nose close to the wine industry, Matt moved to France and took up residency with the Edmund Rothschild family (Lafite side) where he was actually present for the inaugural harvest of their Chateau Clarke in Medoc. After his stint with the Rothschild's, he honed his sales skills as a sugar trader in Paris and New York. In 2000 he returned to Napa Valley with his wife and 3 children, a move that virtually ensured his re-entry into the wine business.
Kat, Rob and Matt, met at the school their children attended in Napa and a business partnership was formed in 2005.
The Messenger Wines are an exploration of flavor born of creativity and innovation. As such, they are multi-vintage, multi-varietal and multi-vineyard. In the same way a message is crafted from a thousand stories, we craft wine from a thousand possible blends. The Messenger encourages you to enjoy a wine for what it is, rather than what you think it should be. View all The Messenger Wines
About Other CaliforniaView a map of Other California wineries
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.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.