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Red Wine Variety Pack

Case of 6 bottles.

This mixed case features versatile, food-friendly wines that are great to have on hand whatever the occasion. It includes three red wines (two bottles of each), and are all from independent wineries where care is taken from vineyard to grape to bottle. If you want more, these wines are also available to purchase by-the-case through this Web site. 

Wine# 1 Latido de Sara, Wild Garnacha 2018 (Navarra, Spain)

One of our most popular wines, from a wonderful couple - Sara Martinez-Lagos and Leon Florez - who combined have more than 25 years experience in the wine trade. The Latido de Sara wines are made in the oldest winery in Navarra Province - San Martin de Unx - who also have the best and oldest Garnacha grapes in the area. Many of the vines are planted on gentle hillside slopes (~650 meters in altitude), which are a unique characteristic of the Navarra landscape, and the overall philosophy of the range is to produce intensely flavoured and complex wines which faithfully reflect the nature and terroir of Navarra Province. 

This wine is made from 100% Garnacha - from 30-35 year old vines - grown on hillside slopes with predominantly clay/limestone soil. Following a traditional red wine production, the wine is aged for 4 months in American and Navarra oak barrels (5%). Navarra oak performs similar to French oak, and the usage is a research collaboration with a Department of the Navarra Government. Alc./vol.: 13.9%. R.S. 6.7 gr./L.

Tasting note: Bright burgundy red colour, with ruby hues. Aromas and flavours of ripe, sweet fruits - cherry, strawberry, and raspberry - with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, and balsamic/spices. Medium-bodied, dry, well balanced, with a long, finish.

Pairings:Charcuterie,grilled meat dishes, earthy vegetarian dishes, and great for enjoying with anything from the barbecue with spicy/smoky sauces.

Wine# 2 Poggio Stenti, Maremma Toscana Rosso 2018 (Tuscany, Italy)

Poggio Stenti is a small family winery, with annual production approximately 1000 cases. The owner (Carlo Pieri) is one of the most famous salumi producers in Tuscany, and operates a Macelleria Norcineria in Sant' Angelo.

The region is known as Montecucco, a relatively new DO in Tuscany, which borders the historic vineyards of Montalcino, a few kilometres east. Poggio Stenti’s hillside vineyards are at 200 meters above sea level, along the Orcia River. Most of the vineyards are planted to Sangiovese, but they also grow a few rows of Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Trebbiano and Vermentino for an IGT white wine. In top vintages they also make Pian di Staffa Montecucco Riserva, made from 100% Sangiovese with 30 months ageing in Slavonian oak barrels. 

The grapes for this wine (90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) are harvested late September, from estate vineyards. Fermentation (each variety separately) takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks for 15 days, with skin contact to allow for good polyphenolic extraction. Malolactic fermentation also in stainless-steel tanks, and the wine ages for about 8 months in the same tanks to ensure a brighter, fruitier bouquet and soft structure. 13.5% alc/vol; R.S. < 1 gr/L.

Tasting Note:Bright, ruby red colour, with a purple rim. Deep, fruity nose with aromas and flavours of ripe, sweet, dark cherry and plum, and notes of mocha and earthy spices. Medium-bodied, round and well-structured with a long finish and pleasant depth.

Menu Matches: Pair with medium-dishes, particularly ones with tomato- and/or meat-based sauces, as well as grilled meats - hamburgers to steak. Versatile, it will match appetizers, pasta, pizza, and earthy vegetarian dishes. Could be a crowd favourite.

Wine# 3 Bodegas Tierra, El Primavera Rioja Doca (Rioja Alavesa, Spain)

This family-run winery is located in the old Jewish quarter of Labastida, in Rioja Alavesa, in a building that dates back to the 13th century. Beneath the building is a network of underground caves (some excavated in the 1400s) which form a natural cellar for approximately 500 barrels. Generations of the family have been involved in winegrowing and winemaking, and their love and passion for their land and wine lives on with the current owner, Carlos Fernandez Gomez.

Carlos works with approximately thirty hectares of vineyards which face the Toloño mountain, tended with the greatest care by wine growers from Labastida and San Vicente. He feels the key to get the best results from the vineyards is the right choice of soil and grape variety, plus their orientation together. The range of varieties grown, some of which are on 100+ year-old vines, are mostly Tempranillo, red and white Garnacha, Viura, Graciano, and Malvasia, which is grown only in the oldest vineyards.

El Primavera is made from 100% Tempranillo grapes, hand-harvested from three vineyards located in south Labastida, with an average age of 20+ years. Alcoholic fermentation is in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks, then the wine is aged for approximately four months in new American and French oak barrels. Alc./vol.: 13.0%.

Tasting note: Bright cherry/burgundy colour, with slight purple hues. Aromas and flavours of dark, wild berry fruits - blueberry and raspberry - with notes of vanilla spice, aromatic herbs, menthol, and violets. Medium-bodied, dry, well balanced, with a long, finish.

Pairings:Grilled meat dishes (beef and lamb), earthy vegetarian dishes, rice dishes, tapas, and white meats (chicken, turkey with all the trimmings, and pork).