Red Wine Descriptions

Alicante

A big, full-bodied wine that is excellent as a before or after dinner drink. This deeply colored wine of purples and reds is sweet and aromatic. Its delectable smoothness is due to a low acid content, delivering a rich earthy flavor, but it is mainly used to increase the intensity of color and body in other grape varieties.  

Comparable Wines:  None

Pairing: A meal of steak, game or roast goes well.

Oak: Light   Body: Full   Aging: 6-9 months

Available In : Supreme 100% Juice Only


Amarone

An irresistible wine whose elegance draws you subliminally into its orbit. Intense ruby-garnet in color, it is redolent of a profusion of aromas of coffee, cherries and sun dried fruits. Its high alcohol makes it full and generous in the mouth and it overwhelms the palate with intense flavors, prolonging your pleasure with its characteristic slightly bitter finish.

Comparable Wines:  None

Pairing: It honors a meal of thick braised steak or game, as well as a juicy roast.

Oak: Heavy   Body: Heavy   Aging: 9-12 months

Available In : Concentrate,  Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve


Australian Cabernet Sauvignon

Surprisingly smooth without any of the tart tannin. The fruity bouquet is rendered more enticing due to a hint of cassis, rich and dark in color, it delivers complex varietal flavors of cherries and blackberries, with a promise of herbs.

Comparable Wines:  Cabernet Shiraz

Pairing: Serve this along side lamb, duck, red meats and aged cheese.

Oak: Heavy   Body: Full   Aging: 9-12 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice, Vintner's Reserve


Barbera

Recognized for its intensity of color and good structure of tannin and acid, it presents nuances of gooseberries and a smoky, peppery bouquet and is often added to a blend to liven it up. Smooth on the palate this wine ages well and mellows with time.

Comparable Wines:  Zinfandel

Pairing: Lasagna and red meats pair well with this wine.

Oak: Heavy   Body: Full   Aging: 9-12 months

Available In: Supreme 100% Juice Only


Bardolino

A medium-bodied red with a medium color. This wine has floral notes accompanied by ripe fruit. On the palate it has a smooth, well balanced, velvety structure.

Comparable Wines:  Bergamais, Pinot Noir

Pairing: Can be enjoyed with roasts, prime rib and lamb.

Oak: None   Body: Medium   Aging: 1-3 months

Available In :   Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice


Barolo

A wine that evokes legend and fascination with its brilliant garnet-red and flashes of amber. The bouquet is both pleasing and intense with aromatic notes of violets and oregano. Smooth in the mouth with crisp acidity, its firm but well integrated tannins give good length on the palate.  It is a wine that exudes glory, nobility and power.

Comparable Wines:  Montepulciano, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo

Pairing: Serve with roasts, steaks, prime rib, lamb and mild cheeses.

Oak: Heavy   Body: Heavy   Aging: 9-12 months

Available In :   Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve


Bergamais

This supple, fruity and delicate red wine is best consumed young. Cherries and plums fill the nose and the sweet cherry follows through the mouth where it lingers . This refreshing wine is best served slightly chilled. It suits desserts and is excellent as an aperitif.

Comparable Wines:  Bardolino, Pinot Noir

Pairing: A companion to fruits, desserts or light appetizers.

Oak: None   Body: Medium   Aging: 1-3 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice


Bordailles Rouge

A smooth and round wine, velvety with subtle notes of berry. Dry and medium in color, this clean and refreshing wine offers unique flavors of raspberry, cassis and a touch of bell pepper aroma. Low in tannin. Generous, and crisp on the palate ages well but can be enjoyed young.

Comparable Wines:  Cabernet Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Pairing: Serve with smoked meats, fowl and strong cheese.

Oak: Medium   Body: Medium   Aging: 3-6 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice


Bourgeron Rouge

A dry, yet robust full-bodied French style wine with an aromatic black cherry bouquet. It has a deep color with a fruity well-rounded flavor of cranberry and cherry. Can be consumed young, but ages well too. It is a shallow, dry - easy drinking wine with the character and elegance of the wine styles of France.

Comparable Wines:  Chat Dormant, Pinot Noir

Pairing: Match it to aged cheeses, hearty beef stews, pork and lamb.

Oak: Medium   Body: Full   Aging: 3-6 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice


Cabernet Franc

It is only recently that Cabernet Franc has come into its own as a pure varietal wine. It is usually a less tannic and acidic wine with a lighter body and color. It is however, known to be more aromatic and herbaceous than most reds and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot in smaller quantities where it helps to heighten the organoleptic qualities of the blend.

Comparable Wines:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordailles Rouge

Pairing: Suitable with red meats, game, lamb and duck.

Oak: None   Body: Medium   Aging: 3-6 months

Available In : Supreme 100% Juice


Cabernet Merlot

Deep garnet hues, with a brilliant red sparkle. The intense nose of red fruits and herbaceous undertones rise from your glass. The wine is robust, fresh, well structured given its high ratio of Cabernet Sauvignon juice.
With the addition of Merlot mellowing the wine, giving it that all too delightful appeal on the palate.

Comparable Wines:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordailles Rouge

Pairing: Excellent with tomato based pastas, pizza, cheese and beef.

Oak: Medium   Body: Full   Aging: 6-9 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice

Cabernet Sauvignon

Intense red color with purplish hues, this California favorite has the delicate perfume of cherries and soft spice. A supple wine with mouth 'smacking' appeal and simple complexity. Its full body and solid tannins deliver a fresh spicy wine with mass appeal.

Comparable Wines:  Cabernet Franc, Bordailles Rouge

Pairing: Suitable for red meats, lamb and duck.

Oak: Medium   Body: Full   Aging: 6-9 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve


Cabernet Shiraz

This popular blend of  elegant Cabernet Sauvignon along with the fruity flavor of Shiraz creates a lush, full-bodied wine bursting with blackberry, cherry and currant. The delicate oak aroma make this very intense for all your senses.

Comparable Wines:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz

Pairing: Goes well with chicken and mild cheeses.

Oak: Medium   Body: Full   Aging: 6-9 months

Available In :  Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve


Carmenere

Once mistaken for a Merlot, this mysterious grape varietal has recently been identified as an old world pre-phyloxera clone. This wines character is distinct with a blackcurrant nose and fruit jam flavours. Integrated tannins allow early consumption, although the wine ages well due to it's rich and complex nature.

Comparable Wines:  Merlot

Pairing: Grilled Meats and Vegetables

Oak: None   Body: Medium   Aging: 9-12 months

Available In: Vintner's Reserve


Chat Dormant

A soft and delightful medium-bodied wine, which is brilliant red in color. Excellent when just bottled, it is a pleasure to sip, warm and refined with balanced tannins and good acidity make this wine "light" on the palate. Reminiscent of the French Pommard wines.

Comparable Wines: Bourgeron Rouge, Pinot Noir

Pairing: Veal in light sauce or hearty salads with cheese.

Oak: None   Body: Medium   Aging: 1-3 months

Available In: Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice


Chianti

Beautiful deep garnet red with a delicate nose of red berry jam with floral hints and country berry nuances. This rich, velvety wine is full-flavored with subtle black pepper and cherry like overtones. It can be enjoyed both young and aged.

Comparable Wines:  Sangiovese

Pairing: The perfect partner for Italian foods, pates and cheeses.

Oak: Light   Body: Medium   Aging: 3-6 months

Available In :  Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve
Franc Sauvignon
Dark, rich and full-bodied, only begin to describe this wonderful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.  A bouquet of blackcurrant and black cherry with a spicy undertone. A very generous wine with solid tannins and rich mellow oak, this combination will send your taste buds into a state of euphoria.

Comparable Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Pairing: Well spiced game, grilled red meats and strong cheeses
Oak: Heavy  Body: Heavy  Aging: 9 - 12 months
Available In: Vintner's Reserve Only


Gamay Noir

Very fruity red with low tannin levels. Deeply colored with a distinct cherry bouquet and flavor. A subtle wine that exudes warmth, an excellent choice for stews or all on its own.

Comparable Wines:  Bardolino, Pinot Noir, Valpolicella

Pairing: Soups and hearty stews.

Oak: None   Body: Medium   Aging: 3-6 months

Available In: Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice


Lambrusco

Bright ruby red in color with violet reflections, this wine is complex, charming and subtle. The aromas of ripe berries, a hint of cherries and subtle herbaceous finish with good length and structure. This wine has mellow tannins with hints of red fruit on the palate and an attractive freshness. It is usually consumed young and often slightly chilled.

Comparable Wines:  None

Pairing: Good for Italian foods, appetizers and thick sauce pastas.

Oak: None   Body: Medium   Aging: 3-6 months

Available In :  Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice


Malbec

This South American favorite, offers a deep garnet robe enhances the wines characteristics. The flavors are of intense, ripe, red fruits with a hint of cinnamon. The well-balanced oak only enhances the wines characteristics.

Comparable Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Pairings: Grilled lamb, venison, and Mexican dishes.

Oak: Medium  Body: Medium   Aging: 9 - 12 months  Sweetness: Dry

Available In : Supreme 100% Juice ,Vintner's Reserve


Merlot

The supple, round-bodied Merlot is enjoying increased popularity as a pure varietal. Medium to dark red, it has a distinct nose of cherries, raspberries, blackcurrants and mint, also displays some herbs and spices. A smooth mellow wine balanced for easy drinking, while its lower tannins indicate a wine that should be enjoyed relatively young.

Comparable Wines:  Bordailles Rouge, Cabernet Merlot, Malbec

Pairing: This wine partners well with cheese, beef, pork, pastas and pizza.

Oak: Light   Body: Medium   Aging: 3-6 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve


Montepulciano

This Italian classic has a deep ruby robe, with violet reflections. It is a complex bold wine with soft peppery tones and nuances of spice, wrapped up in a velvety texture. Well structured for aging. Smooth and delightful.

Comparable Wines:  Chianti, Sangiovese

Pairing: Best to consume with Italian-style pastas and red meats.

Oak: Medium   Body: Full   Aging: 6-9 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice


Petit Sirah

This varietal produces a big, robust, deep red wine with good aging potential.  Because of its higher tannin levels, it is well suited to the amateur looking for a hefty red with substantial body. It is sometimes blended  with Zinfandel to  add some zest and complexity.

Comparable Wines:  Syrah, Zinfandel

Pairing: Suits roasted vegetables, fowl and red meats.

Oak: Medium   Body: Full   Aging: 6-9 months

Available In: Supreme 100% Juice Only


Pinot Noir

Brilliant red color. This wine has a slightly spicy nose with hints of balsawood as well as citrus notes. A soft lively fruitiness on the palate along with mellow tannins leaves a velvety  finish in the mouth. It is often referred to as the chameleon of varietals. As a young wine it exhibits simple red fruit flavors such as cherry, strawberry and raspberry. As it matures it takes on a surprising complexity, with aromas of chocolate, venison, figs, prunes, truffles, violets and even a touch of smokiness.

Comparable Wines:  Bourgeron Rouge

Pairing: Serves well with cheeses and red meats.

Oak: None   Body: Medium   Aging: 3-6 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve


Rio Grande Rojo

Heavy, rich and ‘Big' in every way. Heavy toasted oak used in its design,  release the earth, burnt chocolate and vanilla tones, spicy with pronounced black cherry, distinguishes itself with elegance. plum and black current undertones. A really full-bodied wine that distinguishes itself with elegance.

Comparable Wines: None

Pairings: rich heavy sauces, red meat, seasoned game, strong cheeses

Oak: Heavy  Body: Heavy   Aging: 9 - 12 months  Sweetness: Dry

Available In : Vintner's Reserve


Ruby Cabernet

A cross between Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon, it was developed to give a high yield vine in hot climate conditions. The "must" can be used to increase color intensities in blends or it can be used to produce a light table wine.

Comparable Wines:  Cabernet Sauvignon

Pairing: The mellow taste pairs well with pork and chicken.

Oak: None   Body: Light   Aging: 3-6 months

Available In: Supreme 100% Juice Only


Sangiovese

A rich dry wine. Well-balanced, strong and full-bodied with a deep ruby red color. This wine has rich flavors of cedar and blackcurrant. It has the deep flavor of intense fruit and mellow tannins with just a hint of vanilla from the oak. The finish is clean and pleasant and is best matched with spicy foods.

Comparable Wines:  Chianti

Pairing: Spicy red meats, fowl and vegetables.

Oak: Light   Body: Full   Aging: 6-9 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice


Shiraz

This robust dry wine is dark in color with a rich bouquet of warm berries,  fresh pepper accompanied by distinctly spicy notes. It ages gracefully into a velvety wine of pure elegance, perfect for entertaining. A powerful heavy oak finish fills the palate.

Comparable Wines:  Cabernet Shiraz, Chianti, Vieux Chateau Du Roi

Pairing: Smooth in texture, a must for steaks, chicken and cheeses.

Oak: Medium   Body: Full   Aging: 9-12 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve


Valpolicella

This refreshing, complex, medium-bodied wine, has a delicate bouquet and a rich texture. This wine possesses solid tannins and acids that delight the palate.  Ruby-red color, intense raisin and  floral flavors culminate in a long lingering finish. The wine is a versatile accompaniment for large dinner parties.

Comparable Wines:  Bardolino, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir

Pairing: Perfect for serving beef, stroganoff and Italian foods.

Oak: None   Body: Medium   Aging: 6-9 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve


Vieux Chateau Du Roi

Bright ruby color, this wine has a fine complex nose of plum and fruit jam. It is rich and hearty with a hint of ripe cherries on the palate. Its tannic backbone allows for graceful aging.

Comparable Wines:  Chianti, Shiraz

Pairing: A meal of pepper steak and barbecued red meats make this wine come alive.

Oak: Medium   Body: Full   Aging: 9-12 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice


Zinfandel Red

Bright ruby red with slight purple reflections. This wine has cherry and blackberry aromas with a subtle note of strawberries. Spice and pepper flavors fill the palate to both tease and satisfy. A rarity red, best served chilled along side the following;

Comparable Wines:  Barolo, Shiraz

Pairing: goulash, pepper steak, BBQ spare ribs and spicy pastas.

Oak: None   Body: Full   Aging: 9-12 months

Available In :   Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve