Our search for a blend using the Carignan varietal as the focal point of a blend found this week's featured wine. Intelligent design is a blend of central coast Carignan, Grenache, Cinsaut, Petite Sirah, Mouvedre and Pinot Noir all from the Clos La Chance Estate vineyard. Indie Winemakers is offering this hand-crafted artisan Cuvée for a limited time with a very small allocation at these discounts.
At Wesley Ashley Wines, blending allows the vintner to create complex wines by combining the unique characteristics of their component varietals. Great wine …basic science, or something more? The components of Intelligent Design California Cuvée are:
51.5% Carignan, 15% Grenache, 14% Cinsaut, 11% Petite Sirah, 4.5% Mouvedre, 4% Pinot Noir
Deal Highlights are:
Please note that there are state laws prohibiting us from shipping wine to the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Utah. If we receive an order going to these states, it will not be processed and you will be issued full credit.
This 100% estate wine comes from the Clos LaChance 150-acre Estate vineyard in San Martin, CA. The different grape varietals used in the 2007 Intelligent Design Cuvee were all handpicked, hand sorted and processed separately. The Grenache, Mouvedre and Cinsaut were fermented in open top tanks and punched down three times a day. The Carignan and Petite Sirah underwent fermentation in closed top tanks with pump overs three times a day.
|Wine Profile Style|
|Light Bodied||Medium Bodied||Full Bodied|
|Drink Now (0-3 yrs)||Will Age (3-5 yrs)||Will Age (8-10 yrs)|
|Slightly Fruity||Fruity||Very Fruity|
|No Tannins||Softer Tannins||Heavier Tannins|
|Low Acidity||Medium Acidity||High Acidity|
|No Residual Sugar Dry||Off Dry||Sweet|
Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions. Our guests utilizeRobert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms for their comments for consistency purposes. In addition, we utilize the wine aroma wheel to enhance one’s ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor. Notes are posted on this wine during the tasting to ensure they accurately reflect the impressions.
|Blend||51.5% Carignan, 15% Grenache, 14% Cinsaut, 11% Petite Sirah, 4.5% Mouvedre, 4% Pinot Noir|
|Appelation||100% Clos LaChance estate, central coast CA|
|Acidity/pH||Acidity: 6.1 g/L, pH: 3.52|
|Fermentation||4 days with 3 punchdowns/day blended unfiltered|
|Aging / Cooperage||18 months in 100% French Oak 36% was new|
|Alcohol||13.8% by volume|