Vermillion bottle

Vermillion

Red Wine, 2014

The wine world is grateful Helen Keplinger didn’t go to medical school; no one is better at creating captivating flavor combinations in wine. It’s why she graced the cover of Wine Spectator and was Food & Wine‘s Winemaker of the Year. The accolades were hard-earned: Many weeks, Helen drives 1,200 miles between the vineyards she’s identified as California’s best to watch each plot’s ripening progress and ensure harvest at just the right moment. She blended grapes from those sites to craft this complex red.  This wine is blend of 42% Grenache, 36% Syrah, 15.5% Mourvèdre, and 6.5% Petite Sirah.

Profile

Vermillion Rhône-Style Red is just what it sounds like: a California twist on the robust, flavorful reds of France’s Rhône Valley. Like those wines, this has intermingling, layered flavors of dark and red fruits, but with mineral notes.

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FLAVORS & AROMAS
Peppercorns sillo
Black pepper
Blackberries sillo
Blackberry
Black cherries sillo
Black cherry
Cocoa sillo
Cacao

Pairing

The opposite of subtle, these reds completely coat your palate with fruit flavor and tannin. California Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as reds from countries with warm climates, like Spain and Australia, are what you want with dishes that are rich in their own right. It’s why these reds rule every steakhouse wine list.

TASTING TIP

Give this wine time in your glass. The air will soften the tannins, and the flavors and aromas will change and develop with each sip.

This Mediterranean-style dish marries savory, sweet and salty flavors, so a big, juicy red helps harmonize all those flavors.

Sweet, smoky BBQ flavor is always a classic match with an unrestrained, decadent red wine. Let the hedonism begin!

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More About The Wine

The grapes for this wine come from several small plots, a few of which are in Sonoma County—as well as some 150 miles east in El Dorado County, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Most of the distant vineyards Helen selected are planted on red volcanic soils. This gives the wine an underlying richness and mouthwatering mineral character.

DID YOU KNOW?

California’s El Dorado County is so remote, it only has a few dozen wineries across its half-million acres of land. Sonoma County, by contrast, has 425 wineries.

  • VARIETY
    Red Wine
  • VINTAGE
    2014
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    California, USA
  • OAK
    100% neutral French oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.6%
  • FARMING
    Conventional
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