Donati Family Vineyard Claret Paicines 2012

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Paicines

Varietal   Red Blend

Retail Price   $22

ABV   13.8%

In the Glass

Appearance

Darkest, inky ruby red color.

Aromatics

The nose is filled with the scents of ripe red cherry, nutmeg, cocoa bean, and mineral, with hints of dried herbs and toasted oak.

Flavor

The palate confirms the nose delivering a rich and bold fruit centered core with hints of tart cherry supporting the ripe red cherry.

Intensity & Texture

Medium to full-bodied with great balance thanks to a fresh dose of acidity with soft, chewy tannins and great length.

Cool Factor

A

I am a big fan of great blends that showcase an appellation and the skill and imagination of a winemaker.

Value Grade

A

At just over $20 this beautiful and hedonistic wine will find many happy buyers.

Analysis

This is Donati's most popular wine. It's a blend of all five Bordeaux red varietals: 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 14% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot. It is aged for 19 months in barrel: 19% New French Oak, 3% New American Oak, and 78% Neutral Oak (Neutral oak is a term used for casks that have previously aged wine thus losing much of their potent flavors and now give subtle wood flavors while still offering a slow maturation.)

How to Enjoy

This wine needs nothing more than a glass but it is great with grilled sausages and hard cheeses.

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