Buttonwood the Infant 2004

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"The Infant" is so named because of the abbreviated amount of time it spends in contact with the red skins of the Cab...

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Winemaker's Notes:

"The Infant" is so named because of the abbreviated amount of time it spends in contact with the red skins of the Cabernet Franc grape. You see, the juice of a red grape is actually white, a very pale pink at the most. So to obtain the color (and deep flavors) in any red wine, winemakers leave the juice in contact with the pigmented skins – from which a red wine derives much of its flavor and all of its color. This wine has more color and stuffing than a rosé wine – the increasingly popular "pinks" – though both are produced in exactly the same way as their bigger-sibling red wines, but only up to a point. A rosé is separated from the skins after very short skin contact (ranging from hours to days, depending on the winemaker's aesthetic) and they see no barrel aging, hence the lower price and simpler, more refreshing taste profile. By contrast, to make a red wine from the same grapes a winemaker simply leaves the juice on the skins for a week or more. Oak aging is then applied, as he/she sees fit. "The Infant" was somewhere in between, skin-wise, hence the youthful moniker and the lighter color extraction – more than a rosé, less than a full red wine. All my wine geek blathering aside, this is one delicious wine. Bacchus would be proud. And indulgent. A wise wine lover would follow suit. Serving Suggestions This light red wine does well when served slightly chilled - about 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator (or 10 minutes in an ice water bath.) - Fish or fowl, warm or cold, grilled, sauteed or fried - Summertime picnic fare, cold chicken salad, chicken or turkey sandwiches, - Antipasto plate - Baseball Just 333 cases produced.

"The Infant" is so named because of the abbreviated amount of time it spends in contact with the red skins of the Cabernet Franc grape. You see, the juice of a red grape is actually white, a very pale pink at the most. So to obtain the color (and deep flavors) in any red wine, winemakers leave the juice in contact with the pigmented skins – from which a red wine derives much of its flavor and all of its color. This wine has more color and stuffing than a rosé wine – the increasingly popular "pinks" – though both are produced in exactly the same way as their bigger-sibling red wines, but only up to a point. A rosé is separated from the skins after very short skin contact (ranging from hours to days, depending on the winemaker's aesthetic) and they see no barrel aging, hence the lower price and simpler, more refreshing taste profile. By contrast, to make a red wine from the same grapes a winemaker simply leaves the juice on the skins for a week or more. Oak aging is then applied, as he/she sees fit. "The Infant" was somewhere in between, skin-wise, hence the youthful moniker and the lighter color extraction – more than a rosé, less than a full red wine. All my wine geek blathering aside, this is one delicious wine. Bacchus would be proud. And indulgent. A wise wine lover would follow suit. Serving Suggestions This light red wine does well when served slightly chilled - about 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator (or 10 minutes in an ice water bath.) - Fish or fowl, warm or cold, grilled, sauteed or fried - Summertime picnic fare, cold chicken salad, chicken or turkey sandwiches, - Antipasto plate - Baseball Just 333 cases produced.

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