2010 Don Giovanni
2010 DON GIOVANNI –
I’m gonna give him a bottle he can’t refuse… when talking about a wine with an Italian name starting with “Don” of course you are going to get some cheesy Godfather puns out of me! Yeah, I’m talking to you- about Don Giovanni. You may remember I did a post on Don Gio a few months back, but with a wine this fine, I gotta post a second time! We were extremely excited that Don Giovanni received 89 points and an Editor’s Choice award from the Wine Enthusiast. So, in case you missed out on the first post, I’m going to give a short overview of Don Gio. And, if you read the first post, you’re in luck to because along with my witty Godfather puns, I have a few new tidbits on Don Gio to add. Yes, we aim to please.
Our 2010 Don Giovanni is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Mourvedre, and Zinfandel. If you are familiar with red blends, you might find this to be an unusual blend of grape varietals- the only thing they share in common is that they are all red grapes. Zinfandel- the prototypical California grape, Mourvedre from the south of France, and Cabernet Franc-typically associated with the Loire- this is definitely an incongruous trio. Ah, but there is method to this madness! Don Giovanni was developed with the idea of making a blend that truly represents the Foothills and cannot be easily replicated in other regions. We wanted to make a wine that was fruit driven, but not overly jammy- not too tannic, but with some structure- well-balanced, slightly funky, but most of all, food friendly. Call it the spirit of Californians captured in a wine bottle.
Now, what do all the varietals bring to the table? The Cabernet Franc, making up 50% of the blend, is the backbone, bringing currents, raspberries, and a briery aspect to the wine with moderate tannin. The Mourvedre, second in percentage, brings some blackberry and a lot of herbal notes, black pepper, and a nice mushroom quality. The Zinfandel ties it all together with some nice notes of raspberry and pepper, as well as “fattening up” the wine. Don Gio pairs brilliantly with braised pork or Peking Duck.
So, just how much does this truly unique and award-winning wine cost? Can you believe just $25 a bottle?! A price so low it’s almost… here it comes…criminal!
And the link of course: http://shop.naggiarvineyards.com/dongiovanni2010[jetpack_subscription_form]