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Channing Daughters Pazzo NV

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Finally, dessert wine! Pazzo is delicious. Pazzo is a fortified and maderized wine made from the Merlot grape, the first and only on Long Island and maybe the world! Made in the manner of the wines of the island of Madeira, we present you with another Island Wine. For a long time we wanted to create a wine to pair with all the activities that come after the entrée; whether that is a cheese course, or nuts or a dessert featuring chocolate or fruit or just a tipple sitting by a warm fire. Now we have just the right drink and it only took us five years to make! So now we have finally decided to bottle some of this elixir. We took half of the wine (the other half will remain outside for another five years for the ten year old version!) and when the merlot arrived for our rosato this year we pressed and settled the juice and added a bit of that sweet merlot juice to give our Pazzo just a pinch of sweetness (1.6% or 16g/L). This was the final touch to bring the wine into that pleasure place of great balance, length and complexity. Pazzo means “mad” or “crazy” in Italian and this is our play and nod to the island of Madeira, and her wines, and the fact we are a little nuts to make a wine like this…though when you taste it you will be as happy as we are that we did. This rich dessert wine is bottled in half bottles (375 ml) and we produced 152 twelve-bottle cases.

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Color: Amber
Varietal: Merlot
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Channing Daughters Winery:
Atlantic breezes cool our vineyards creating a climate hospitable to a wide array of fascinating grape varieties. At Channing Daughters we grow and create wines from the white varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Tocai Friulano, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Ottonel, Malvasia, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Bianco, and the red varieties Merlot, Blaufrankisch, Pinot Noir, Dornfelder, Cabernet Franc, and Cab... Read more
Atlantic breezes cool our vineyards creating a climate hospitable to a wide array of fascinating grape varieties. At Channing Daughters we grow and create wines from the white varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Tocai Friulano, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Ottonel, Malvasia, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Bianco, and the red varieties Merlot, Blaufrankisch, Pinot Noir, Dornfelder, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Soon the reds Teroldego, Refosco and Lagrein will join them. We are the only winery on the East End growing and producing wines from many of these grapes. Our home is a beautiful plot of land in Bridgehampton that contains twenty-five acres of vines, our small winery and tasting room. We source about fifty percent of our grapes from special sites and people on the North Fork. We allow our wines to naturally express the earth that grows them. Small and unique vineyard lots of grapes are fermented and bottled separately, bearing a Vineyard Designation and Appellation of Origin. Channing Daughters is proud to produce wines bearing all three Long Island AVA’s. The North Fork of Long Island, The Hamptons, and Long Island are all utilized. Whether it is a varietal Sauvignon Blanc from the Mudd Vineyard on the North Fork, Blaufrankisch from our Sylvanus Vineyard on our Estate in Bridgehampton or a blend of varieties and vineyards like our Vino Bianco, which bears a Long Island AVA, we believe in celebrating the place, vineyards and region from which we are lucky enough to produce wine. We are also grateful to be working with mature vineyards. Our own Sculpture Garden Vineyard was planted in 1982 and the Mudd Vineyard on the North Fork (one of our most prized sources) was planted between 1975 and 1983. Read less

Member Reviews for Channing Daughters Pazzo

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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,445
3.50 5
09/29/2011

Smells like whiskey. Thick, creamy, syrupy.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
09/28/2011

100 percent merlot, madierized, fortified with grape spirits, and then aged outside for 5 years. Toffee, caramel, burnt honey creme brulle, toasty notes, little earthy, yeasty on the finish Really different and enjoyable.



Tasting Notes:

Our Pazzo is filled with aromas and flavors of figs, caramel, orange peel, spices, raspberry liqueur, nuts and dried fruit.

Finally, dessert wine! Pazzo is delicious. Pazzo is a fortified and maderized wine made from the Merlot grape, the first and only on Long Island and maybe the world! Made in the manner of the wines of the island of Madeira, we present you with another Island Wine. For a long time we wanted to create a wine to pair with all the activities that come after the entrée; whether that is a cheese course, or nuts or a dessert featuring chocolate or fruit or just a tipple sitting by a warm fire. Now we have just the right drink and it only took us five years to make! So now we have finally decided to bottle some of this elixir. We took half of the wine (the other half will remain outside for another five years for the ten year old version!) and when the merlot arrived for our rosato this year we pressed and settled the juice and added a bit of that sweet merlot juice to give our Pazzo just a pinch of sweetness (1.6% or 16g/L). This was the final touch to bring the wine into that pleasure place of great balance, length and complexity. Pazzo means “mad” or “crazy” in Italian and this is our play and nod to the island of Madeira, and her wines, and the fact we are a little nuts to make a wine like this…though when you taste it you will be as happy as we are that we did. This rich dessert wine is bottled in half bottles (375 ml) and we produced 152 twelve-bottle cases.

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Alcohol: 18%

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