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Label - Animale 2001 Maria Carmela - Columbia Valley Red Wine

2001 Maria Carmela Red Wine

AVA: Columbia Valley

Blend and Vineyards:

  • 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, Alder Ridge Vineyard, Alderdale (Columbia Valley)
  • 40% Cabernet Franc, Alder Ridge Vineyard, Alderdale (Columbia Valley)
  • 10% Merlot, Crawford Vineyard, Prosser (Yakima Valley)

Alcohol: 14.8%

Production: 63 cases

Named for the winemaker's mother, this is a delectable Bordeaux-style blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Merlot. Both Cabernets achieved incredible ripeness at the warm Alder Ridge Columbia River gorge growing site: here the Sauvignon contributes intense cherry fruit, and the Franc, distinctive spicy flavors and ripe tannins; the bit of Merlot, from the Crawford Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, makes for a rounder, more approachable wine.