Trentadue Winery Port Blend Alexander Valley Chocolate Amore NV

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We produce this opulent dessert wine from Merlot grapes grown on our Geyserville Ranch. Borrowing from the traditions of port making, we add neutral grape spirits to stop fermentation trapping a percentage of sugar in the wine. Once Chocolate Amore is finished aging and is ready for bottling, we infuse a tiny amount of natural chocolate extract to the final blend, creating the perfect marriage of food and wine. This Merlot-based, port-styled chocolate flavored dessert wine is great over vanilla ice cream or as a stand-alone dessert.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Merlot
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Trentadue Winery:
The Trentadue family arrived in Sonoma County long before their region gained a reputation as the Wine Country. Life-long, hands-on agriculturists, Evelyn and Leo Trentadue contributed significantly to the advancement of their region over the years. In 1959, the Trentadues decided to flee the developers encroaching on their apricot and cherry orchards in Sunnyvale, the area known today around t... Read more
The Trentadue family arrived in Sonoma County long before their region gained a reputation as the Wine Country. Life-long, hands-on agriculturists, Evelyn and Leo Trentadue contributed significantly to the advancement of their region over the years. In 1959, the Trentadues decided to flee the developers encroaching on their apricot and cherry orchards in Sunnyvale, the area known today around the world as Silicon Valley. To preserve their way of life, these hard-working Italian ranchers purchased 208 acres of land in Sonoma County's then remote Alexander Valley. The Trentadue family has been growing premium red wine grapes on their 200 acre estate in the Alexander Valley for over 47 years. With vines dating back to 1886, to the adaptation of improved farming practices and the planting of new clones and rootstocks, the Trentadues continue to balance the traditions of the area's early Italian growers and the ever-evolving changes within the viticulture industry. Of the twelve varieties grown on the Estate, special attention is given to blocks of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet France that make up the four selections in our award winning La Storia line of wines and ports. Our farming practices reflect a commitment to fruit quality and to the land from which it comes. We carefully select the varieties that thrive in our microclimate and gravely-loam soils. We practice sustainable agriculture and believe we are stewards of the land and utilize all of the elements available to put the most we can offer into each bottle of wine while retaining the viability of our estate for generations to come. While the majority of our vines are supported by trellis wires, our Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane blocks are head pruned, which we believe allow these varieties to produce higher quality fruit. Although more labor is involved in farming grapes this way, the improved fruit quality outweighs the increase time and labor cost. We use soil-building cover crops which add nutrients and nitrogen into the soil, as well as control erosion and suppress unwanted weeds. All of our fruit is hand picked, mostly at night which keeps the temperature of the juice from 50 to 60 ° F, which preserves and enhances the flavors of the grapes. Trentadue's Tasting Room - we are open 7 days a week from 10:00 to 5:00 pm daily (closed major holidays). Read less
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Layered Rice Pudding

RiceSelect's fragrant Jasmati® is blended with eggs, milk and fall's favorite spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, to create a delicious rice pudding, which is layered on top of fluffy cream cheese and abuttery pecan crust. Pairs well with a bold, tawny port with flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and spices.

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Member Reviews for Trentadue Winery Port Blend Alexander Valley Chocolate Amore

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Snooth User: volsconti
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5.00 5
04/30/2009

One of the best desert wines out there, period. Men love it, women adore it!


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
2.50 5
03/31/2009

100% merlot with a dash of spirit extracted cocoa! Tootsie Rolls dominated on the nose and in the mouth. This is a thick, viscous, gloupy wine best ON your dessert - seriously a spoonful on top of a scoop of ice cream would be great. The finish was of cacao


Snooth User: Boba Fett
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1.00 5
06/02/2008

Tastes like a tootsie roll, washed down with an overly sweet port.


Snooth User: Hiril Galen
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4.50 5
02/11/2011

Fabulous on its own, or pair it with good chocolate for those days when either one by themselves aren't enough.


Snooth User: RedRobinRose
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3.50 5
02/17/2011

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Trentadue Winery Port Blend Alexander Valley Chocolate Amore

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
03/26/2012

Formerly known as Merlot Port with Chocolate Essence, we proudly announce the release of Chocolate Amore, a red dessert wine with natural chocolate flavor added.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
08/11/2011

Borrowing from the traditions of Port making, we add grape neutral spirits to stop fermentation, trapping a percentage of sugar in the wine. Once Chocolate Amore is finished aging and is ready for bottling, we infuse a tiny amount of natural chocolate extract to the final blend, creating the perfect marriage of food and wine.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
02/07/2012

Borrowing from the traditions of Port making, we add grape neutral spirits to stop fermentation, trapping a percentage of sugar in the wine. .


External Review
09/23/2011

"This Merlot-based


External Review
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Silver Medal



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We produce this opulent dessert wine from Merlot grapes grown on our Geyserville Ranch. Borrowing from the traditions of port making, we add neutral grape spirits to stop fermentation trapping a percentage of sugar in the wine. Once Chocolate Amore is finished aging and is ready for bottling, we infuse a tiny amount of natural chocolate extract to the final blend, creating the perfect marriage of food and wine. This Merlot-based, port-styled chocolate flavored dessert wine is great over vanilla ice cream or as a stand-alone dessert.

Aged 12 months.

Notes: 59 gallon oak barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 18.5% pH: 3.47
Sugar: 80 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6 grams per liter

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