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Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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Winemaker Notes

This Sauvignon Blanc is light straw colored. This wine offers an intense lifted nose of ripe tropical fruits and citrus. Refined and elegant, it displays a finely textured palate with flavors of guava and stone fruit. Wonderfully expressive with a dry refreshing finish, this wine is best savored with high-jinks and convival company.

Critical Acclaim

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Old-vine fruit lends this estate-grown wine depth and density, a broad, silken feel that carries flavors of fresh cream and green papaya. The initial leesiness recedes with air, leaving a lovely texture in its wake.

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Wairau River

Wairau River

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Wairau River, , New Zealand
Wairau River
Established in 1978, the Rose family estate vineyards are situated on the banks of the Wairau River. Low crops and ripe fruit produce wine that has become renowned for exhibiting intense fruit characteristics and classical elegance. “The philosophy that we pursue has always been one of elegance and fruit power with the foundation of the style being drinkability. We put a lot of store in the selection of flavors in the vineyard, subsequent small batch vintning and the final touches of the marriage are created at the blending table."

Ribera del Duero

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Ribera red wines are made from Spain's indigenous grape, Tempranillo. The wines have balanced acidity with generous fruit character. Carefully made to underscore the purest expression of Tempranillo, Ribera wines have spice, dark fruit and smoky flavors that enhave anything off the grill. They are unequivocally food-friendly wines.

Ribera’s main grape variety, Tempranillo, locally know as Tinto Fino, is perfectly suited to the extreme climate of the region, where it must survive scorching summers and frigid winters. Low yields resulting from conscientious tending to old vines planted in Ribera’s diverse soils types, give Ribera wines a distinctive depth and complexity not found in other Tempranillos. Rich and full-bodied, Ribera del Duero wines pair well with roast meats and aged cheeses.

Ribera del Duero is located in Spain’s Castilla y León region, just a 2-hour drive north of Madrid. While winemaking in this area goes back more than 2000 years, it was in the 1980s that 9 wineries applied for and were granted Denominación de Origen (D.O.) status. Today, more than 300 wineries call Ribera del Duero home, including some of Spain’s most iconic names.

Tempranillo

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. It is important throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is an important component of Port wines and the table wines of the Douro region that Port calls home. California, Washington, and Oregon have all had moderate success with Tempranillo, producing a riper, more fruit-forward style of wine.

In the Glass

Tempranillo is often aged in new oak for the integration of spicy, woodsy, and herbal flavors, often with hints of vanilla, coconut, and dill. The grape itself produces medium-weight reds with bright red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice, leather, and tobacco, with no shortage of flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity make it extremely food friendly, pairing with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.

Sommelier Secret

The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a system is in place to indicate on the label how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release, which is helpful to the consumer trying to determine the style of an unfamiliar wine. Rioja can range from Joven (fresh, fruity, and unoaked) to Gran Reserva (complex and oxidized from extended barrel aging), with Crianza and Reserva in between.

EMP680515_2011 Item# 115830

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