1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Carignan
This is a very special, limited release of 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel-Aged Carignan, our first-ever release of Carignan as a single varietal. As soon as these grapes came into the winery, I knew they deserved to stand alone. But that’s not the only special thing about this batch: I worked on this project with my son, Ian, who is not a winemaker but rather a wine enthusiast. There’s a little bit of both of us in this wine: classic and rustic with a little edge. Look for notes of brilliantly racy red and black fruits set to a rich backdrop of toast, herbs and cocoa.
These Carignan grapes come from two old vineyards in Mendocino County, Rucker and Pallini. These vineyard blocks are head trained and range in age from 55-88 years providing depth and structure to this wine. Aromas of bright blue and red fruit typical of the Carignan grape can be found in the glass.
BARRELS & AGING
The bourbon barrel gives the wine a distinct white smoke note in the aroma. Ian Blue, son of Bob Blue, partnered with his father in the finishing and blending of the wine. This batch collaboration celebrates the bond between father and son.
1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Carignan Notes To Your Senses:
- TASTE: Racy red and black fruits set to a rich backdrop of toast, herbs and cocoa.
- AROMA: bright blue and red fruit with a distinct aroma of white smoke
- APPEARANCE: Purplish red
- ABV: 14.7%
- PAIRING: Peppery sausages, spicy meatballs or eggplant lasagna
Bringing out the best aromas and flavors of red wine can be achieved through the correct storage of temperature, generally between 50 to 55 degrees. Of course, this is a general rule of thumb as it depends on the grapes used when producing wine. There are so many health benefits due to the tannin.
Procyanidins are a type of condensed tannin that is found in green tea and dark chocolate. Speaking of health, young red wines are better than old as they have more tannin. However, don’t let the color fool you; as red wine ages, they become lighter. Very old wines are translucent and pale.
Vitis vinifera originating from Eastern Europe makes up most of the common varieties of red wine. The aromas of red wine come from grapes only. The aromas you may experience like, cherry, berry, jam, and herbs are all from fermented grapes and wine aging in oak barrels. Pretty simple for such a rich, complex, and tasteful wine!
California makes about 90% of all American wine, while it has been harvesting grapes since the 18th century. It’s the fourth largest producer in the world due to its abundance of fresh ingredients and diverse soils, it attracts the most renowned chefs and sommeliers from around the world. Although Chardonnay is the most popular wine in the sunny state of California, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, White Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio are a handful of other favorites.
During the prohibition area, Zinfandel was the wine grape that survived! The winemaker community always follows sustainable winegrowing practices and make sure to produce wine that is environmentally friendly. Don’t worry about the California drought every year, the annual rainfall of wine regions north of San Francisco and in southern regions receive adequate, fresh, rainfall.
Master Sommelier Little Known, Big Facts:
• The color of wine depends on the fermentation extracts using skin, like Red wine as compared to white wine, leaving the skin behind
• The oldest bottle of wine dates back to A.D. 325; it was found in Germany inside two Roman sarcophaguses
• The worst place to store wine is usually in the kitchen because it’s typically too warm, in refrigerators, their warmest setting can be too cold
• Richer heavier foods usually pair well with richer, heavier wines; light wines pair with lighter foods
• Generally, a vintage wine is a product of a single year’s harvest, not when the wine is bottled
• A “dumb” wine refers to the lack of odor while a “numb” wine has no odor and no potential of developing a pleasing odor in the feature
• If a server or sommelier hands you a cork, don’t smell it, look for the date or other information ( mold, cracking, or breaks)
• Tannin is a substance that tingles the gums when you indulge your palate with a sip of wine, it’s an excellent antioxidant
• Smell is by far the most important sense when it comes to drinking wine
• Wine was first developed in Mesopotamia, not France
• French wines are labeled following the soil on which they are produced, not according to the grape used
• When chilling wine, adding salt to ice will cool it down faster
You must be 21 or over to purchase this product.
Serve slightly chilled and or at room temperature