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Claudia Springs Vittorio's Secret Red Blend 2009

Other Red Blends from North Coast, California
  • WS91
14.9% ABV
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14.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A rich, velvet-textured blend from old vine Mendocino Zinfandel (63%), Petite Sirah (19%) and Carignane (18%). Raspberry aromas are followed by boysenberry, licorice and dark chocolate flavors.

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Wine Spectator
This dense, ripe and rich red delivers black cherry and licorice aromas that lead to layered huckleberry cobbler and spiced cinnamon flavors, all lingering on the long finish. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane. Drink now through 2017. 185 cases made.
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Claudia Springs

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Claudia Springs, North Coast, California
Claudia Springs Winery was founded in 1989 by Bob and Claudia Klindt in the picturesque Anderson Valley of Mendocino County, California. The Anderson Valley, located 125 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the very best locations for producing fine, cool climate varietals such as Pinot Noir and the white Alsace varietals. The unique combination of warm sunny days and cool foggy nights allows the grapes to mature slowly, developing to their full potential.

Claudia Springs wines are made exclusively from Mendocino County vineyards with special emphasis on Anderson Valley Appellation grapes. They produce incredible estate Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from vines planted by the Klindt family. They also create award winning single vineyard designated and proprietary blended Zinfandels and a limited production Viognier from premium vineyards in the Redwood Valley and Mendocino Ridge (1200 feet above the Pacific Ocean) appellations.

Their micro-winery's annual production remains small at 2,000-2,500 cases. Claudia Springs prefers this level so they can continue to provide hands-on care of each lot of wine as we nurture it from vineyard to bottle. Every bit of the work, from crushing and pressing to bottling, is done by Bob and Claudia. Their hands-on approach allows them to maintain strict, personal quality control.

North Coast

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Encompassing the grape-growing regions located north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano. Napa and Sonoma get all of the attention, but there are a few other counties producing great wine in Northern California. Two notable examples are Mendocino and Lake County, the northernmost winegrowing regions in the state. These AVAs are very different, both from their neighbors to the south and from one another.

Mendocino benefits from the cooling fog of the Pacific Ocean and is able to successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling. There is a significant focus here on organic viticulture. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc are the dominant varieties. Both regions are excellent sources of high-quality but affordable California wines in a wide range of styles.

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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.

BVWCLA09RED_2009 Item# 116139