Girasole Vineyards Hybrid Red 2017
Aromas of plum, dark cherry and coffee. On the palate, the sweet herbs and firm structure of Cabernet is rounded and deepened by the ripe, brooding Petite Sirah and the soft Merlot. It is deep and rich in color. Aromas of plum, dark cherry and coffee. On the palate, the sweet herbs and firm structure of Cabernet is rounded and deepened by the ripe, brooding Petite Sirah and the soft Merlot. Abundant flavors of Italian spices and dried fruit carry into the long, luxurious finish.
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 14% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah. Made from organic grapes.
A large and diverse appellation within California’s North Coast AVA, Mendocino is home to several smaller sub-regions—most notably the Anderson Valley. This scenic region, with rolling hills covered in redwood forests as well as vineyards, is one of the world’s top producers of certified organically-grown grapes. Due to wide geographical and climatic variation, a vast array of wine styles can be found here.
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 enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. 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.