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Terragena Father and Son Blend Holden-Mapley Vineyard 2013

Other Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    12.7% ABV
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    12.7% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Inaugural release composed of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in roughly equal proportions. The parent-child relationship of these grape varietals inspired us to name this wine “Father and Son,” and the name is also a tribute to our families who continue to support us throughout our adventures. Subtle red and black fruit flavors with significant oak influence adding notes of black pepper, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon.

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    Terragena, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    The Terragena Vineyard team, headed by winemaker and vineyard proprietor Chris Buchanan, crafts limited production wines with the same spirit of adventure that first led us to build our off-grid vineyard in Humboldt County. We are inspired by the ruggedly beautiful hills, forests, and meadows around us to create wine that expresses these characteristics of the land without any added fluff or distraction. Terragena is a latin word meaning “born of the earth.” We are dedicated to sustainably expressing the unique characteristics of our estate vineyard as well as our diverse partner vineyards by nurturing the wine from the earth to the bottle.

    Alexander Valley

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    Nearly a northern extension of Napa Valley, Alexander Valley starts just north of the small, Knights Valley, and is just a few minutes drive from the Napa town of Calistoga. It is Sonoma County’s hottest AVA. But the Russian River, which runs through the valley, creates cooler pockets and its soft, alluvial soil is ideal for grape growing, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, some believe that Alexander Valley Cabernets truly rival the best from Napa Valley and many of the heavy-hitter producers have largely invested here.

    In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes up over 50% of plantings, Merlot and old vine Zinfandel thrive here. Ample, fleshy Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate white wine production. Some old-vine plantings of Grenache have also been discovered and more recent experiments with Sangiovese and Barbera show great promise.

    Other Red Blends

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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 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. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a 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.

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