Saturday, October 9, 2010

St Francis, Red Wine Sonoma 2006, USA

An everyday red wine blend from the re-known St Francis Winery in California.

Technical Data: 48% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 3% Zinfandel and 6% "Mixed Blacks" . Mixed Blacks are a group of very inky grapes added usually to a blend to give a little more color and structure, in that case, the grapes added in a very low percentage are Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Alicante and Malbec. This wine was aged only a few months in oak barrels.

Description: Dark red color. Intense liquorice aromas on the nose mingled with black fruits and woody notes. On the palate, the wine is very dry and concentrated on black current and plumy flavors seconded by liquorice and black pepper with a roasted coffee finish.

Food Pairing & Service: Paired by Angela with a soft-ripened cheese made from pasteurized cow's milk From Normandie Region in France and called Pont L'Evêque (AO)

Score: 7/10.

Ageing Potential: Made to be drunk in its youth. Drink now and for 1 more year.

Price as seen on DC shelf: $14.99

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