Cooper & Thief Bourbon Barrel Aged Red 2016
Cooper & Thief is a dark and jammy red wine blend loaded with bourbon-inspired flavors and aromas. Crafted by Cellarmaster, Jeff Kasavan, the wine is aged for three months in bourbon barrels, which gives way to soft, velvety tannins with a subtle heat. The combined result is a rich flavor, with a long, lingering finish.
Blend: 31% Syrah, 28% Merlot, 20% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 3% Malbec, and 4% Other Red Blenders.
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While other wines celebrate doing the same thing for centuries, Cooper & Thief celebrates doing things differently. Their bourbon barrel-aged red wine blend challenges tradition, which makes for a much more interesting story.
Cooper: the skilled craftsman who hand-makes each wooden barrel
Thief: tool of the trade for sneaking a taste from said barrels
A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.
While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.
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