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Food Pairings for Garden Creek Red Blend Alexander Valley Tesserae
A Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum series selection. A trailblazing and trend setting newcomer of Sonoma County, Garden Creek Winery is culminating organic and biodynamic farming principles with solar energy, and they’re making some killer Cabernet along the way. Garden Creek’s first commercial wine and current release is the 2002 Tesserae, a Meritage red blend comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The Tesserae, which is a Latin term for the small pieces that comprise a mosaic, is dramatically structured and pure Alexander Valley: soft, herbaceous, and cedary, with the tannic structure to age gracefully for many years. Awarded an outstanding 93 Points and Cellar Selection by Wine Enthusiast magazine, the 2002 Tesserae exudes a rich, intense bouquet of crème de cassis, blackberries, and subtle sweet oak mingled with dark mocha and anise. Intense floral qualities of old-fashioned heirloom roses delight the senses and decadent, powerful flavors explode on the palate. A persistence of fruit paired with an expansive texture and ripe velvety tannins melt into a prolonged, flavorful finish that must be tasted again, again, and again. Try pairing with grilled beef or lamb. Aged 19 months in oak. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc. Enjoy now until 2012.
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