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Wine Recommendation: Joseph Filippi NV Port of Alicante Bouchet Varietal Notes: Alicante Bouschet, or simply known as...Read more...
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Alicante Bouschet is one of three grapes in the world known to have dark skin as well as dark flesh. Often used as a blending grape for its colorful contribution (most red wines have gotten this way through contact or maceration with the color pigments found in the grape skins), this Teinturier is the only one of the trio that is actually vinifera. To get this grape Henri Bouschet crossed a cutting of his father’s Petit Bouschet with Grenache. In Spain it is widely planted and known as Garnacha Tintorera. The grape is high yielding and thrives in warm climates, but its redeeming quality is still typically its color. Joseph Filippi’s port version, however, brings the grape to new and highly aromatic heights. Bright, saturated ruby to garnet with amber highlights and unctuous in the glass, this fortified wine immediately engages the nose with aromas of fresh baked pastries, chocolate shop, chocolate truffles, mocha, black currant, cherry, Sambuca, pine resin, and molasses. Intense, round and rich, this decadent dessert wine has flavors of forest berry jam, mocha, vanilla, chocolate, and some woodsy notes. The finish is very long.
Wine Recommendation: Joseph Filippi NV Port of Alicante Bouchet Varietal Notes: Alicante Bouschet, or simply known as Alicante, was developed in 1866 by Louis Bouschet and son Henri by cross-breeding Grenache and Petite Bouschet. This old-world, black-skinned grape is suited to warmer climates such as the historic Cucamonga Valley and can still be found in France, Spain, Italy, South Africa. In Portugal it is an allowable grape in the production of port. In the 1930's this native of southern France accounted for a third of all grape production in California. Alicante is one of the world's few grapes with a lively, red-pigmented pulp and juice. It is a rare treasure for winemakers as it contributes unique tannins and color that no other variety can rival. Our family has grown this unique grape in Cucamonga for over 80 years. Enjoy this rich, well-defined (Solera-barrel aged), dark Alicante port wine as a sweet sipper after dinner or over fresh fruits/berries, cakes and creams. Great with fine cigars too! Technical Notes: Appellation: Cucamonga Valley RS: 13.6% pH: 3.5 Alcohol: 18.7% Return to Joseph Filippi Wine List
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