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Scarlet Oak Red

Scarlet Oak Red Wine Details
Price: $19.00 per bottle

Description: 45% Syrah, 45% Mourvèdre, 10% Tannat. Scarlet Oak Red is Naked Mountain Vineyard’s Rhone style blend. The 2006 vintage is unique to its own, starting with aromas of dark cherry, mint, parsley, raspberry, a bit of toastiness, and oak, hence the name. The taste of almonds, dark cherry, blueberry, and strawberry rises on the front of the palate. This wine finishes with honey dew, vanilla and blueberry and a smooth tannin structure. Best served with roasted meats or game, lamb chops, mole sauce, smoked chili, gourmet pizza, heavily seasoned Indian cuisine, hard cheeses, dark berries and chocolate.

Varietal Definition
Deeply colored and tannic minor grape grown in the Pyrenees region of France. One of four grapes whose wine is blended to make the full-bodied red wine known as "Madiran". The others are Bouchy, Courbu and Pinenc.
Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.
As long as the weather is warm, Mourvedre ably tolerates a wide variety of soils. It is popular across the south of France, especially in Provence, where it is responsible for the greatness of Bandol, and many a fine red Cotes-du-Rhone. It is often blended in Chateauneuf-du-Pape; Languedoc makes it as a varietal. Spain uses it in many areas, including Valencia. In the United States, Mourvedre remains a minor factor for now, pursued by a few wineries that specialize in Rhone-style wines. The wine it produces can be quite pleasing, with medium weight, spicy cherry and berry flavors and moderate tannins. It ages well.


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