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Va Piano OX Red Blend 2012

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Winemaker Notes

The 2012 OX was designed to be the perfect wine to pair with food. A fruit forward wine with supple aromatics of cinnamon spice, cacao nibs and toasted oak. Well balanced acids and tannin structure give OX great weight and structure without being overwhelming. Ripe raspberries, Italian plums, and toffee will make the palate sing, giving way to a lasting finish which coats your mouth with touches of red velvet cake and bourbon cured cherries.

Created with food in mind, pair this with a beef tenderloin lightly rolled in a sea salt & peppercorn blend or with warmed tomato & spinach salad with pancetta red wine reduction dressing. Great now with a slight decant, this wine shows potential to last through 2020.

Blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot

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A new addition to the winery’s lineup, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%), Merlot (12%), Cabernet Franc (4%), Syrah (4%) and Petit Verdot (2%) conveys dark chocolate, coffee and cherry. The cherry flavor shows both intensity and restraint backed by well-integrated tannins.
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Va Piano

Va Piano

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Va Piano, Columbia Valley, Washington
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"Chi va piano, va sano e va lontano." He who goes slowly, goes safely and goes far. This old Italian saying sums up Va Piano Vineyards approach to winemaking, and to life.

The inspiration for a Tuscan-themed winery and tasting room came about after owner/winemaker Justin Wylie spent his senior year at Gonzaga University studying in Florence, Italy. He fell in love with the art, rustic architecture, culture, history, and warm hospitality he encountered there. Upon his return to the Walla Walla Valley (Justin is a fourth-generation native), his passion for wine making (and wine!) soon matched his passion for Tuscany and the seeds for Va Piano Vineyards were planted.

The Va Piano Vineyards winery and tasting room share a custom built 7,500 square foot facility built in Tuscan style: timber beamed ceilings, wrought iron railings, clay tile roof, traditional earthen stucco, eight-foot-tall distressed alder doors, and tumbled granite door and window accents create a timeless impression of quality.

Va Piano Vineyards is inspired by Tuscany, but the wine is quintessential Walla Walla. Take your time, enjoy yourself, and participate fully in the beautiful journey

Columbia Valley

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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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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