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Farrier Presshouse Red 2009

Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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Winemaker Notes

Like the Alexander Valley, Farrier wines are full of character. Mindful of their regional roots, these releases pay respect to traditional blends while simultaneously pursuing something completely different and unique.

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A soft, rich and robust blend of cabernets sauvignon and franc, with a small amount of merlot and carmenere, this wine has subtle scents of cracked green peppercorn and earthy, rooty notes to the fruit. Oak adds a dark coffee overlay and smoothes the finish for prime rib.
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Farrier, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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Up Highway 128, past the four corners intersection and just before the hairpin turn lies the patch of land Farrier calls home. Once the site of a blacksmith shop, this was where the Farrier plied his trade, forging and fitting horseshoes. The town smithy was a hub of activity, both professional and social. In the spirit of community, we offer Farrier wines.

At Farrier, they hang our hat in the Alexander Valley, and where they live is really what they're all about. Like the Alexander Valley, Farrier wines are full of character. Mindful of their regional roots, these releases pay respect to traditional blends while simultaneously pursuing something completely different and unique.

Alexander Valley

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Nearly a northern extension of Napa Valley, Alexander Valley starts just north of the small, Knights Valley, and is just a few minutes drive from the Napa town of Calistoga. It is Sonoma County’s hottest AVA. But the Russian River, which runs through the valley, creates cooler pockets and its soft, alluvial soil is ideal for grape growing, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, some believe that Alexander Valley Cabernets truly rival the best from Napa Valley and many of the heavy-hitter producers have largely invested here.

In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes up over 50% of plantings, Merlot and old vine Zinfandel thrive here. Ample, fleshy Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate white wine production. Some old-vine plantings of Grenache have also been discovered and more recent experiments with Sangiovese and Barbera show great promise.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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