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Vinoce Mt. Veeder Cabernet Franc Blend 2010

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    The 2010 with a higher degree of natural acidity present on the palate, making the wines more racy in their youth and giving us the luxury of a long evolution in the bottle. Characteristic red fruits light up the front palate red raspberries and bing cherries start the experience the wine stays focused through the mid palate and very gracefully moves to the back palate where dark cherry notes highlight the plum, currant and cassis notes of the vineyard.

    Blend: 60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot

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    Vinoce, Napa Valley, California
    Brian and Lori Nuss wanted to produce a wine from their vineyards that reflected its distinctive Mt. Veeder Appellation. Mt. Veeder sits high above the Napa Valley, affording not only stunning views but a longer and cooler growing season above the morning fog. Well drained rocky, volcanic soils and low nutrient force the vines to work harder to survive, creating smaller berries that increase extraction and intensity, not usually found in valley floor wines.

    A self taught viticulturist and winemaker, Brian planted their vineyards over 12 years ago, and with the help from the local winemakers learned to work with the harsh environment to produce quality grapes. Wanting to fulfill their dreams of making their own wine, the name Vinoce was created, and a new era of small family owned winemakers was born.

    Meaning of Vinoce: (vin-o-chay) The name is a play on the winemaker's name and his German-Italian heritage. Nuss means "nut" in German. Noce is "nut" in Italian. Hence Vinoce means "wine nut."

    Napa Valley

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    One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production and tourism, the Napa Valley is the AVA that brought worldwide recognition to California winemaking. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

    Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two are St.-Helena and the valley's newest AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District, and Mt. Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

    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.

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