AVA: Clement Hills, San Joaquin County, California Inland Valleys
Varietals/Blend: Merlot 73%; Mourvedre 12%; Petit Verdot 9%; Shiraz 6%
Vineyard Age: 20-30 years
ŒLIXIR; Red Mélange (Merlot 73%, Mourvedre 12%, Petit Verdot 9%, Shiraz 6%) 2011
Deep ruby-violet colored, remarkably full-bodied Bordeaux-style blend has exotic aromas of dark cherry, anise, and butterscotch, with earthy musty overtones of leather, mushrooms, and fresh cut tobacco. Complex flavors drench the palate with blackberry, anise, and slight floral accents of nasturtiums, with a smooth finish that makes you long for more.
Best with: Savoury first courses, red meat and game, mature cheese; fresh fruits