“BEST BUY. Bold but not heavy... boysenberry jam...abundant layers of fine tannins…” Wine Enthusiast, 7.1.16 – Vintage 2013
“Four Stars. An excellent blend. It is fruity, floral, and spicy in character, with full body.” Restaurant Wine, 9.1.14 – Vintage 2012
“91 points. Blackberry preserves is the highlighted flavor… Highly Recommended.” Ultimate Wine Challenge, 6.25.14 – Vintage 2012
Noble Vines 1 Red Blend is a medium-bodied wine with balanced acidity and supple tannins. On the nose, rich aromas of blackberry and black cherry mingle with hints of toasty oak and spice. The dark fruit flavors carry through to the palate ending with a touch of pepper. The wine is a blend of dark red varieties; the selection varies from vintage to vintage to obtain the most delicious blend from each harvest. Merlot and Zinfandel lend fruit forward notes and soft tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon provides dark cherry flavors and firm structure. Malbec and other red varieties may also be included in the cuvee for additional complexity.
Beyond the Numbers
The 181 Merlot clone is valued for its late-blooming nature which results in nicely even fruit that ripens consistently. In the glass, 181’s hallmark characteristics are rich fruit framed by pillowy-soft tannins with a hint of minerality. 337 Cabernet Sauvignon berries are noticeably smaller than average, which results in longer hangtime, smaller yields and more concentrated flavors. Our Zinfandel is the Costamagna selection. Over a century ago the Costamagna family planted a Zinfandel vineyard in the sandy, alluvial soils of what is now known as Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA. This clone is what gives Lodi Zinfandel its distinct ripe, bright fruit, and jammy profile.
Old vine Zinfandel offers lush fruit and excellent structure. Vine stock Merlot 181 originates from Pomerol in Bordeaux, France, where it is valued for its late-blooming nature, which results in nicely even fruit that ripens consistently. 337 Cabernet Sauvignon berries are noticeably smaller than average, which results in longer hangtime, smaller yields and more concentrated flavors. “All the goodies are in the skins, so you want that increased skin-to-pulp ratio that comes with small berries,” explains Winemaker James Ewart. Thus it is that in a blend of red varieties, which are ready for harvest at different times, the winemaker can give special attention to each lot during crush, to coax the fullest character from each.