Blend: 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Franc with Merlot, Pt Verdot, Pt Sirah, Alicante Bouschet
Description: Beautifully crafted in Super Tuscan style, but showing off a little New World flesh. A darker brick hue and smooth tannins move you into a palate of bright tangy berries and cocoa – even a little apricot stylishly dressed with the dark richness of her French counterparts.
Winemaker’s Notes: The patience shown in the decision to hold back Dragoon Mountain Vineyards Sangiovese in mature French oak is your reward. Graciously temperate weather allowed for even ripening bringing balanced fruit and structure. The choice in complementing fruits brings complexity and depth.
Description: 30 months in neutral American oak softens the beautifully colored red blend rich with aromas of violets, jammy fruit and peat. Nicely balanced alcohol and acidity let us enjoy flavorful blueberry and exotic spice.
Winemaker’s Notes: Marselan is a cross of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. We obtained this INRA certified clone and planted it in Dragoon Mountain Vineyard’s soil because it is well adapted to drier soils and hot, sunny terroirs. It brings fine tannins, acid structure, cassis and cherry flavors, and excellent color. Dragoon Mountain Vineyard is also the only U.S. grower of Arinarnoa, a cross of the Bordeaux varietals Merlot and Pt. Verdot.
Pairings: Roasted shoulder of lamb with Provençal roasted vegetables, Cèpes à la Bordelaise (sautéed mushrooms), and rich French cheeses.
Blend: 70% Blaufrankisch, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Mourvedre
Description: “…incredible blackberry jamminess to the nose, intermingled with the soft scents of roasted prickly pear and watermelon; after decanting, notes of plum also appear. Notes of clove-spiced plums, black cherry, cassis, and intermingle with the aforementioned prickly pear, and blackberry jam, making for a sort of dark fruit salad character.” ~ As reviewed by The Wine Monk: http://azwinemonk.wordpress.com
Winemaker’s Notes: Blaufrankisch deserves to age. It can be harsh when young, but a little patience brings reward. This grape is exclusive to Dragoon Mountain Vineyard in Arizona and John McLoughlin treats it as the prize that it is. Lushly textured and teeming with new found varietal distinction, a benefit of ripening in the warm AZ sun.
Pairings: BBQ tenderloin with garlic mashed potatoes or smoked tofu burger, Mushroom risotto or pungent cheeses like Stilton or deeply aged Gouda.
Description: As is appropriate, Alicante Bouschet bestows ripe fruit and caramel aromas. Smooth, balanced tannin and acidity let flavors of dark berries and bramble. Less conformity, more harmony.
Winemaker’s Notes: Alicante Bouschet is a teinturier, a grape whose flesh and juice are red. enhancing this wine’s color wasn’t the reason for the addition.On its own, there are no real stand out distinctions and is often coarse, but in this flavorful, savory red blend it brings complexity and depth.
Pairings: Meaty lasagna or tapas menu of grilled vegetables and cured meats and aged sheep’s milk cheeses.