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Rowen Red Wine 2016

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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750ML / 14.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Lush and elegant wine consisting of wonderful high elevation, mountain fruit. Aromas of black raspberries, cocoa and black pepper with notes of blackberries, cassis, nutmeg and vanilla on the palate. Exotic floral element on the finish as well as a rounder mouthfeel.

Blend: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 20% Syrah, 3% Viognier

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CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide

57% Cabernet Sauvignon; 20% Malbec; 20% Syrah; 3% Viognier. This multi-varietal blend does not pretend to be a classic Cabernet, but that does not stop it from being a decidedly involving wine that is as complex as it is rich, and it exhibits an especially fine winemaking hand with judicious oak, suggestions of toasted herbs and trim bit of a vanillin sweetness extending throughout its very considerable length. It is rich, well-extracted and marvelously long on the palate, and just as we were impressed by Rowen’s previous Red Wine offerings in 2014 and 2015, we are once again. This is a label well worth watching. Good Value

RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Red Blend has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and aromas of pencil shavings, dried herbs, blackcurrants, charcuterie and tobacco leaf with red fruit touches. The palate is medium to full-bodied, grainy and fresh with well-tempered fruits and a long, nuanced finish.

WE 90
Wine Enthusiast

Juicy in soft layers of cherry, cola and vanilla, this balanced wine is approachable and memorable. It shows a richness of fruit on the midpalate and a lasting hint of toasted oak.

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Sonoma County has always been a land of pioneers — a place where innovation is as limitless as the sky. In that spirit, we’ve set our winemakers free to follow their passion. Inspired by the unique qualities of our high-elevation Cooley Ranch vineyard in northeastern Sonoma County, they’ve returned with wines using varietals benefi tting from the unique confl uence of the mountains, sea, and fog of Cooley Ranch, untethered by trends or tradition, yet grounded in the history of the land.

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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.

Sonoma County wines are produced with carefully selected grape varieties 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 red wines like 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.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended red 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 resulting in a wide variety of red wine styles. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a red wine blend 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.

How to Serve Red Wine

A common piece of advice is to serve red wine at “room temperature,” but this suggestion is imprecise. After all, room temperature in January is likely to be quite different than in August, even considering the possible effect of central heating and air conditioning systems. The proper temperature to aim for is 55° F to 60° F for lighter-bodied reds and 60° F to 65° F for fuller-bodied wines.

How Long Does Red Wine Last?

Once opened and re-corked, a bottle stored in a cool, dark environment (like your fridge) will stay fresh and nicely drinkable for a day or two. There are products available that can extend that period by a couple of days. As for unopened bottles, optimal storage means keeping them on their sides in a moderately humid environment at about 57° F. Red wines stored in this manner will stay good – and possibly improve – for anywhere from one year to multiple decades. Assessing how long to hold on to a bottle is a complicated science. If you are planning long-term storage of your reds, seek the advice of a wine professional.

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