Purple Heart Red Wine 2015
Crafted from hand-selected lots of choice Sonoma County fruit, the 2015 Purple Heart has aromas of cedar, plums, blackberries and black currant with hints of black licorice. Dark ruby and opaque in appearance, this medium-bodied wine is lushly textured with notes of red and black fruits, blueberry and hints of cardamom. Seamless across the palate, the wine has a long, velvety mouthfeel and finely balanced tannins. It will drink beautifully upon release and will continue to gain complexity and grace with 4-5 years cellaring.
Blend: 67% Merlot, 19% Zinfandel, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
The Purple Heart – no honor better symbolizes the bravery, determination and selflessness of the military men and women serving our country. It is this most noble medal that inspired us to honor our wounded and fallen heroes with an exceptional, purple-hearted blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in America’s greatest wine region the Napa Valley.
Not only does this wine serve as a worthy tribute to our brave heroes, it also allows us to give something back. We are proud to make an annual donation to the Purple Heart Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving the unmet needs of military men, women and families.
Our military personnel make huge sacrifices. When crafting this wine, we made no sacrifices. It is an uncompromising wine made under the close stewardship of the Peter Mondavi Sr. Family, whose patriarch is a proud veteran of World War II. Join us as we lift a glass and pay tribute to our brave military heroes and thank them for their profound contributions.
Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.
Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.
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. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.