11/16/2009

Harvesting a New Mistress

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It's time to do this! It's time to find out a new favorite mate... a sultry mistress for my palate. Thanks to your help, I've pruned the bunch down to the following ten lucky grapes:





Mourvedre:

Type: Red

Hometown: Found along the French and Spanish coasts of the Mediterranean Sea

Personality: Late ripening, likes warmer growing areas and well drained (even stony) soils.

Body Type: Medium bodied, deeply colored and full of fruit (cherry and berries).







Nebbiolo:

Type: Red

Hometown: Piedmont, Italy

Personality: Lightly colored

Body Type: Loads of feisty tannins that mellow out with age.








Cabernet Franc:

Type: Red

Hometown: Loire Valley, France

Personality: Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, but buds and ripens at least a week earlier, thrives in slightly cooler climates.

Body Type: Distinctive for its fruit and vegetative qualities.







Carmenere:

Type: Red

Hometown: M�doc region of Bordeaux, France. Born again in Chile

Personality:
Likes a warm climate, long growing season, and fertile soils.

Body Type: Known for its spicy and distinctive flavor.








Aghiorghitiko:

Type: Red

Hometown: Greece (Nemea region of the Peloponnese)

Personality: Widely-grown and heat-resistant

Body Type: Takes on a large range of characteristics, from soft to very tannic, depending on factors in the growing and winemaking processes.








Zweigelt:

Type: Red

Hometown: Klosterneuburg, Austria

Personality: Winter hardiness (resistance to frost), late bud-break, and early ripening.

Body Type: A cross between Blaufr�nkisch and St. Laurent.








Monstant:

Type: Red/White blend

Hometown: Catalonia, Spain

Personality: The authorized white varieties are: Chardonnay, Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo, Moscatel, Pansal and Parellada. The authorized red varieties are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cari�ena, Garnacha, Garnacha Peluda, Merlot, Monastrell, Picapoll Nera, Syrah and Tempranillo.

Body Type: Depends on the blend!









Sauternes:

Type: White

Hometown: Graves, Bordeaux

Personality: Made from S�millon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, also known as noble rot.

Body Type: The Botrytis causes the grapes to become partially raisined, resulting in concentrated and distinctively flavored wines.








Pinot Noir:

Type: Red

Hometown: Willamette Valley (originally from Burgundy, France)

Personality: High maintenance, and finicky yet beautiful.

Body Type: Name is derived from the French words for "pine" and "black" alluding to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit.








Malbec:

Type: Red

Hometown: Originally from Bordeaux but also big in Argentina

Personality:
Thin-skinned grape that needs more sun and heat than either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot to mature.

Body Type:
Inky dark color full of robust tannins.







Got any questions for the eligible bachelorettes? Which of these gorgeous grapes are you rooting for?

Stay tuned for show information and details....



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6 comments:

Jessyca said...

I approve any of those Rhone varietals and Malbec. :D

The Wine Whore said...

What about the Spanish ones? Not good enough for a wine whore like me? :)

Cheers!

Richard Auffrey said...

Mourvedre/Monastrell/Mataro! Try wines from Bandol region of France or Jumilla region of Spain.

The Wine Whore said...

I'm looking for suggestions on regions for these beauties! Thank you for throwing some down!

Anyone else have any region suggestions to try for my blind dates with these grapes?

Cheers!

Richard Auffrey said...

For specific producers/wines, try Domaine Tempier, Bandol, or El Nido Clio, Jumilla. Both are a little pricey but top notch wines.

The Wine Whore said...

Very helpful! I'm gonna do some research but this gives me a great place to start!

Cheers!

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