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Volteo Tempranillo-Shiraz 2008

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    13.5% ABV
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    13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Intense, dark bright cherry color. Deep aromas of black fruit with pleasant and subtle spicy notes. Rich fruit on the palate with nuances of oak and a nice freshness that develops in the mouth showing an excellent balance and persistent finish.

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    Volteo

    Volteo

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    Volteo, , Spain
    Volteo
    Volteo, also known as Vaulting, is a equestrian discipline described as gymnastics performed on the back of a moving horse in a circle. It is an art that requires the skill of a gymnast, the strength of a sport man and the balance, coordination and gentleness of an acrobatic dancer. The teamwork to obtain a perfect integration of the horse and the vaulter is also key.

    With a history extending back to Roman sports it flourished in the Renaissance when it was considered an exercise for knights and noblemen, and also used as a symbol of status.

    Volteo is located in the Tierra de Castilla region of central Spain. Noted for its hot, arid plains, there are 600,000 hectares of vineyards in this area, representing nearly 6% of the world's vineyards.

    Oakville

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    Home to some of the most sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon in America, Napa Valley’s Oakville district covers the stretch of valley floor and foothills between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains. This AVA is home to the legendary To Kalon Vineyard as well as many powerhouse wineries including Screaming Eagle, Silver Oak, Robert Mondavi, and Opus One. The climate is generally warm and agreeable and the soil is well-drained, resulting in year after year of favorable vintages.

    Cabernet here is often bottled varietally but is also popular in Bordeaux blends. Oakville wines are known for their rich texture, structured tannins, dark and brooding fruit, often with a healthy dose of new oak. These age-worthy and prestigious wines are favored by collectors throughout the world.

    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.

    ALL5277241_2008 Item# 106615

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