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Dionysus Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: Dionysus was the last god to enter Olympus and now sits at the right hand side of Zeus as one of the Twelve Great Ones. In Greek Mythology, Dionysus, the god of wine, was born of fire and nursed by rain, like the hard burning heat that ripens the grapes and the water that keeps the vines alive. From only the finest harvest seasons do we choose to make the Horton Dionysus wine. This Dionysus is made from two Portuguese grapes, Touriga Nacional (77%), Tinta Cao (13%), and a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). The Touriga Nacional provides the intense layers of fruit while the Tinta Cao adds the floral nose followed by the tannins of Cabernet.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.
Touriga Nacional:
Found in California and South Africa, this fiercest and best of the port grapes has also been successfully transplanted to Australia for fortified wine production. The vine produces grapes with small, darkly-pigmented berries. Notorious for low yields, attributes like its intense rich fruit personality make this grape a highly-regarded and sought after varietal. In addition to being important in port production, it is also increasingly significant in the rich, red table wines of Portugal’s Dao and Douro valleys.


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