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Jon E Vino

St. Laurent, 2015

Jon Engelskirger collected several awards and high scores making Cabernet for Napa’s biggest names: Turnbull, Hannah and Robert Pepi. Then, on a 2006 trip to India he realized he’d yet to make the perfect red to pair with the spicy foods he loves—and thought he never would. But in 2014 he tasted St. Laurent grapes for the first time and knew he had a winner. Jon now only works with St. Laurent. “It’s got tremendous personality,” he says. “It’s like Pinot Noir’s kinky cousin.”

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Jon E Vino St. Laurent is definitely different. It has the brightness of Pinot Noir but the concentrated fruit flavors of richer red varieties, such as Cabernet—without the burn of high alcohol.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Purple Garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple Garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Strawberries sillo
Strawberry
Peppercorns sillo
Black pepper
Raspberry sillo
Raspberry
Black cherries sillo
Cherry

Pairing

These wines are like denim: They go with almost everything. Grenache, Gamay, Barbera and lighter-style Pinot Noirs have enough body to stand up to red meat, and since red-berry flavors complement anything cheesy, spicy or both, the wines are ideal with Mexican food.

TASTING TIP

Note how smooth the wine feels in your mouth. It’s because St. Laurent is a low-tannin grape, unlike Cabernet or Syrah.

A bright, fruity red will stand up to the beef, and also complement the dish's nutty flavor.

Pour a red that has the heft to match the dish's weight, but also the brightness to match the citrus-salty-sweet flavor combo.

Uncork a bright, juicy red that can match the dish's weight, but won't overpower all its light, summery flavors.

A light, bright red will match the tomatoes' acidity, and also stand up to the chicken without overpowering it.

Do as you do in Baja (if you're bored with tequila), and pair a bright, juicy red with this mild Mexican dish. Olé!

A light, bright red is always a classic with mushrooms, and in this pairing will also help the goat cheese taste creamier.

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More About The Wine

Carneros, which sits just north of San Pablo Bay (the upper portion of San Francisco Bay), is one of California’s best spots for growing grapes. Carneros gets plenty of sunshine, but the most important factor is the cool air blowing in from the bay as well as the Pacific. This slows the grapes’ ripening and imparts a crisp bite to the wines.

DID YOU KNOW?

St. Laurent is the main red-wine grape of the Czech Republic. There it goes by any one of 30 different names, including Svätovavrinecké.

  • VARIETY
    St. Laurent
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Dale Ricci
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Carneros, Sonoma County, California
  • OAK
    100% French oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    12.3%
  • FARMING
    Conventional
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