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Mad Dogs & Englishmen Cabernet Shiraz Monastrell 2005

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Winemaker Notes

This wine is made from a combination of the most widely planted local grape variety called Monastrell (50%); barrel aged Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and Shiraz (30%). Monastrell is a sexy grape that originated in the South of France but has flourished in this region of Spain, South East of Madrid, due to the warm weather that fosters the late ripening period of this particular varietal. 2003 was hot as hell in Jumilla, the hottest on record in fact. The harvest was moved up by 15 days to accommodate for the weather, also breaking records. The result is a wonderfully ripe, high quality wine that proudly represents this emerging growing area in Spain. The Monastrell grape brings raspberry, loganberry and mulberry flavors to the palate while the Shiraz carries white pepper notes. The Cabernet provides the backbone to the wine with a soft, round mouth feel and a sweet mid-palate.

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Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Mad Dogs & Englishmen

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Mad Dogs & Englishmen, , Spain
Mad Dogs & Englishmen
Jumilla is an up-and-coming Spanish appellation southeast of Madrid. The vineyards and cellar are close to the regional park "El Carche" set in a beautiful natural surrounding. Jumilla is an area that produces several varieties with a specialization in Monastrell. A substantial investment in Jumilla area vineyards over the past 10 years, along with modern viticultural techniques, have made it one of the most exciting new wine making regions in Spain.

Winemaker William Long, successfully partnered with Guy Anderson, and this new collaboration promises to bring the best of Spanish wines to the forefront in America. William is an Englishman that has been making wine in Spain for 10 years. The climate is very different in Spain compared to England and when discussing this vintage he quoted the great Noel Coward saying: "it's so hot you need to be either mad or an Englishman to work here." For the label, William selected a friendly face from his boyhood in England with the picture of a Jack Russell terrier.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide. Well-drained limestone chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit, and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body, and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

PRW258010_2005 Item# 89181

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