Red Phoenix Red Blend 2018

$ 22.99
Red Phoenix Red Blend 2018

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With European origins dating back centuries ago, blended red wine is once again having its day in the sun. Red Phoenix Red Wine Blend represents the essence of this well-deserved resurgence. Unbound by a single varietal or appellation, and given more flexibility with vintages, winemaker Joseph Smith skillfully showcases six distinct varietals in this luscious and layered wine. Unlike traditional red blends, Red Phoenix is both barrel aged and barrel fermented, adding structure, balance, and a new dimension to a wine that is rooted in tradition and soars on the palate.

75% of the fruit is coming from Lodi AVA, while the remaining 25% are Napa Valley AVA's fruits. 

Coastal aromas of fresh fruit and lush florals coupled with a deep ruby color intrigue the senses. Bright, bold flavors of cherry and blackberry ascend on the palate while showcasing subtle, smooth tannins. The wine crescendos with anise, chocolate and toasted oak, offering depth and complexity, as velvety flavors continue to linger and evolve throughout the long, rich finish.

57% Zinfandel; 14% Petit Verdot; 12% Petite Sirah; 7% Syrah; 5% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
40% of wine is barrel-fermented in new French Oak barrels. This process is typically reserved for wines costing over $100 per bottle, however, Red Phoenix employs a pre-fermentation technique (flash detente) that allows us to pump directly into barrel to ferment. 30% is flash on skins in stainless steel; 30% is traditional fermentation in stainless steel. 10-15 day fermentation process; aged 18-24 months in barrel.

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