Julian Chivite Gran Fuedo Crianza 2003
Aged for 12 months in French and American oak followed by another 12 months in bottle to round out the tannins and soften the wine's structure on the palate.
Bright and cherry red in color, aromas of fruit, oak, and spice, soft in the mouth with notes of burnt toast.
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.