Non Vintage Is Fun
Non-Vintage in this case doesn’t imply lesser quality. What it means is the entire cellar of wines was open to the winemaker for a master blending exercise.
Non-Vintage Vin Enchanté, Applegate Valley, Southern Oregon
This wine is a “sketch” showing a special expression of the land interpreted at the hand of the winemaker. It’s fuller bodied than its more mature cousins and loaded with Merlot fruit reflecting a portion of the very youngest wine used in the blend. Underlying that youthful exuberance are subtle flavors that reflect the more mature elements of the blend as well as a firm backbone passed to it by its Cabernet Franc components.
Those who enjoy the art of wines will find this sketch fun and enlightening even if the wine doesn’t express the sophistication of a full blown painting.
We chose to label this wine a Non-Vintage Vin Enchanté to reflect the magic of the blend.
Latest Tasting Note – April 4, 2016
Merlot 60%, Cabernet Franc 40%
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Pair with: This is a fuller bodied wine suitable for spicy flavored foods. Those might include BBQ ribs, Gouda Burgers, Honey Glazed Chicken or other similarly spiced or cheesy dishes.