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The irrepressible, outspoken, and iconoclastic Ales Kristancic is the force behind Quattro Mani 2007 [Toh-kai]. Ripe quince, Persian melon, vivid gunpowder, green tea, coriander, spearmint, and elusive but haunting floral perfume hover over the glass. This hits the palate juicily, softly, and demurely, but then it spreads out a veritable magic carpet of captivating flavors, among which quince, fig, white peach, green tea, sweet lime, and raw almond are discernable. I honestly couldn’t spit it or put down the glass! I just hope something remotely as intriguing and delicious was rendered under this label from 2008.
Quattro Mani made its debut in 2006 with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo made by acclaimed winemaker Attilio Pagli. Quattro Mani [toh-kai], produced by the skilled hands of Movia’s Aleš Kristancic, followed in 2008. Tocai grapes are grown in Movia’s organically farmed Exto Gredic vineyard; the wine is made at the Movia winery in accordance with the biodynamic principles. Franciacorta, produced by the celebrated Franciacorta pioneer Emanuele Rabotti, joined the lineup in 2010. In 2011, Quattro Mani Barbera which is produced by the skilled winemaker Danilo Drocco who has been described as "One of the Great Names of Piedmontese Winemaking" by Robert Parker was launched.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.
In the Glass
Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.
Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.
While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.