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Black Ink Red Blend 2013

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    3.8 8 Ratings
    13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Blackberry cobbler merges with flavors of black plum and licorice followed by an inky, rich finish in this California blend of Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, and Zinfandel.

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    Black Ink

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    Black Ink, California
    'Black Ink', in which purple and bright violet hues predominate, is a professional term used in the wine industry by certified wine critics. It refers to a wine's black coloring and opacity. While the phrase's coinage cannot be attributed to any one person, it is noted as a dictum which has been used since the 1920s by wine professionals worldwide. True to Napa Valley tradition, our 'Black Ink' wine is robust, dark, inky, tannin-rich and is handcrafted very judiciously.

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    Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

    Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    CGM26745_2013 Item# 140446