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Colvin Allegresse 2000

Other Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Colvin Vineyards debuts their flagship blend Allégresse (French for elation), a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.

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    Colvin, Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    As the name implies, the winemaking philosophy of Colvin Vineyards focuses on the vineyard. We believe the vineyards hold the key not only to our present winemaking endeavors, but also to the future as we strive to enhance the quality of the wines we produce. We have therefore embarked on an ambitious and exciting planting program, in which we work closely with select wine growers who are as committed to their efforts as we are ours. In addition to reviving the Carmenere varietal-which we feel will be an important blending wine-we have directed these growers to plant select clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. We feel this clonal diversification will ultimately contribute to the depth and complexity of our wines in years to come. We are very pleased with the results we have seen thus far and believe the resulting wines will reflect our dedication not only in the winery but in the vineyard as well.

    Walla Walla Valley

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    Responsible for some of Washington’s most highly acclaimed wines, the Walla Walla Valley has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. It is home to both historic wineries and younger, up-and-coming producers. Though it is cooler and wetter than most of Washington State’s viticultural areas, irrigation from the Columbia River is still common, though some vineyards on the rainier eastern end of the AVA are able to dry farm.

    The conditions in the Walla Walla Valley are perfectly suited to Rhône-inspired Syrahs, distinguished by savory notes of black olives, smoke, bacon fat, and fresh earth. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are produced in a range of styles from smooth and supple to tannic and structured. White varieties are a relative rarity here. Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes blended with Sémillon in the style of Bordeaux white blends, resulting in a richer, rounder version take on the variety. Plantings of Viognier are minimal, but often quite successful.

    Other Red Blends

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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.

    CADCO05_2000 Item# 57014