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Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Syrah Cortona Il Bosco 1996

Syrah/Shiraz from Italy
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    Winemaker Notes

    100% Syrah, grown on the estate in vineyards of high density planting. Fermented and aged in French barriques. A chunky, fruity Syrah with deliciously enticing plum and milk chocolate character. Medium to full bodied, with velvety tannins, hints of spice and game, and a fresh and fruity finish.

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    Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro

    Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro

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    Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro , , Italy
    Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro
    For us, quality is not only a value of primary importance, it's a way of life. Some twenty years on from our first experiments, with vineyards that have reached the ripe old age of 15 years in some parts, TENIMENTI D'ALESSANDRO is increasing its investments in the quality of the wines produced, thanks to the painstaking efforts and cooperation of illustrious vine-growers: our great friend and wine lover Luca Currado, one of the proprietors of VIETTI, a leading producer of Barolo, is today in charge of the wines, ably assisted by Christine Vernay, a famous winemaker from the Rhone Valley in France.

    Today Tenimenti d'Alessandro's Syrah is an authentic territorial wine, and Bosco, the winery's top-of-the-range wine is now considered a benchmark for Italian Syrahs. Thanks to the continual verification work carried out on the various Syrah vineyards, the 2006 harvest led to the bottling of our first "single-vine" wine, produced, that is, from one of the vineyards (Migliara) that in recent years has yielded results of truly outstanding quality.

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    Bordeaux Blends

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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.

    YNG84021_1996 Item# 54873

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