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Tasca d'Almerita Leone d'Almerita 2009

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Fresh, with an aromatic taste and a clear personality, which combines the aromas and fragrances of Catarratto Bianco and the smoothness of Chardonnay. critical acclaim: "The 2009 Leone d'Almerita is 80% Catarratto and 20% Chardonnay, a blend that works quite nicely. Round, harmonious and impeccably polished from start to finish, this textured white impresses for is refined personality and long, creamy finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2014." 90 Points The Wine Advocate

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The 2009 Leone d'Almerita is 80% Catarratto and 20% Chardonnay, a blend that works quite nicely. Round, harmonious and impeccably polished from start to finish, this textured white impresses for is refined personality and long, creamy finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2014.

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Tasca d'Almerita

Tasca d'Almerita

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Tasca d'Almerita, , Italy
Tasca d'Almerita
It was 1830 when brothers Lucio and Carmelo Mastrogiovanni Tasca bought the former stronghold of Regaleali, which lies on the borderline of the provinces of Palermo and Caltanissetta and in the heart of Sicily. Much has changed since then: the introduction of the use of espalier, the complete restructuring of the cellars, the use of finished barrels for ageing, and the complete renovation of the equipment park - today the most vanguard of Europe - only to mention a few innovations. However, what has never changed in the 180 years of the wineries history is the love of the land, the respect for a noble and ancient art: wine, and the cultivation of the grape in all of its phases. To practice viticulture for many generations means first of all to have clearly understood and interpreted the value and character of this magnificent material above that of the grape, Europe's fruit of life. It is with pride that the Tasca d'Almerita family carries the traditions of yesterday into the future. And it is with the spirit of innovation that the Tasca d'Almerita family faces the challenges of tomorrow already today.

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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, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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