Avalon Red Blend 2017
Avalon Red Blend is a bold, juicy red wine masterfully crafted from noble Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah grapes sourced from California’s pristine coastal growing regions. Notes of jammy blackberry and cherry flavors are met with just a hint of black pepper and a smooth finish. Beautifully balanced black fruit flavors pair deliciously with grilled steak.
This is quite a humble style of cabernet with some flavors of black cherries and raspberries. Slightly lean on the palate with firm tannins and a short finish.
Established in 2001 in bucolic western Sonoma County, Avalon offers approachable, delicious wines of unmatched quality.
Avalon wines are named after the legendary Isle of Avalon, a place steeped in history and tradition. As we craft Avalon, we meld ancient winemaking techniques with modern technology. We combine thoughtful vineyard selection and intuitive winemaking methods to create a selection of wines that are beautifully balanced and effortlessly enjoyable.
Savor Avalon wines when you’re looking for an everyday getaway filled with relaxation and renewal. Avalon offers the ideal “go-to” wines for every occasion.
California is a winemaking colossus; by itself it is the fourth largest producer in the world. Red wine accounts for 56% of the total by volume, and red grapes 63% of total acres planted. In addition, a number of California red wines are heralded as being among the most prestigious and sought-after wines in the world.
While the state’s incredibly diverse geography, soils and microclimates allow for a wide array of styles, the key factor unifying California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season. This leads to well-developed fruit marked both by impressive ripeness and balancing acidity.
The state’s most famous red wine region, of course, is Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king. But California boasts a wealth of other impressive appellations. The much larger and climatically varied Sonoma County also produces world class California Cabernet, along with wonderful examples of California Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.
Fine versions of Cabernet and Zinfandel hail from Paso Robles as well, which is also gaining fame with Rhone varietals like Syrah and Grenache. As for Pinot Noir, terrific examples can be found from AVA’s such as Anderson Valley, Carneros, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills. Wineries in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are making wonderful Syrahs, and the Sierra Foothill appellations are proving to be an experimental hotbed, with Italian and Spanish varietals employed to great effect.
This of course is a mere sketch. The subject of California red wine is as deep and broad as an ocean, and absolutely a joy to explore!