Donati Family Vineyard The Immigrant Central Coast 2012

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Central Coast

Varietal   Red Blend

Retail Price   $40

ABV   13.8%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deepest, darkest ruby red color.

Aromatics

The aromatics are quite complex with scents of wet, fallen leaves, earth, mineral, dense black fruits, tart cherry, and brown baking spices accented by a generous dose of toasted oak.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose with a dense berry-driven core flanked by generous notes of dried herbs, earth, spice, and oak.

Intensity & Texture

This is a big wine with impeccible balance and great length with moderate tannins.

Cool Factor

B

This tasty Merlot based blend seamlessly marries ripe, rich fruit and sexy oak flavors making it cool in our world.

Value Grade

C+

In the world of classy California blended reds the price tag is spot on.

Analysis

The blend features a majority of Merlot (86%) with a a strong percentage of inky black Petite Verdot (12%) with a small dose of Cabernet Franc in support. The Immigrant is aged is oak cask for 19 months and features the use of half new barrels: new French Oak 40% with 10% New American Oak, and 50% Neutral Oak.

How to Enjoy

With bright acidity and complex flavors I love this wine with a slow roasted leg of lamb.

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