2006 Rubystone Red

Ventana Wines : Monterey, California : West Coast Wine Club
Great wines are made in the vineyard, and the Ventana Vineyard has the perfect combination of water, soil, climate, art and science to create superb, world-class wines. Their success is evidenced by the number of awards that we have won over the years on wine made from this remarkable property. In fact, wines from the Ventana Vineyard have earned more medals and awards than any other single vineyard in America. Ventana Vineyards is fortunate to have winemaker Reggie Hammond, who has devoted his talents to continuing this outstanding record of quality and integrity. Building on the incredible success of their white wines, he has expanded Ventana’s range to create world-class red wines as well. In every case, Reggie crafts the wines in a classical style, with elegance and true varietal character from the Ventana vineyard fruit. For Ventana reds they personally hand-punch the cap at least two times a day for optimum contact of the juice to the skins. Ventana’s red wines age a minimum of 18 months and rest in bottle approximately another 6 months prior to release. The open top fermentors allow some of the alcohol to dissipate resulting in a more fruit forward wine profile without “hot” alcohol aromas. The beautiful deep ruby color of this robust, Rhone-style blend grown in their rocky soil gave rise to the name “Rubystone”. The 2006 vintage is made from 62% Grenache Noir and 38% Syrah. Liquid silk caresses the palate with intense flavors of black cherry, black current and candy apple. Delightfully full bodied with luscious rich flavors and a bit of spice on the lingering finish. This gem of a wine is sure to become a favorite. Drink now through 2013.

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