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2016 Markus Wine Co. domo Red Blend
It is said within the industry that Carignane is the wine that winemakers reach for when they just want something to drink, partly because the grape naturally retains a good deal of acid even when fully ripe. Our bottling from ancient Borra Vineyards vines, planted in their 1920 “Church Block,” is red-fruit-focused, especially on tart plums and sour cherries that morph into meat seasoned with white pepper and a touch of leather. Though you can see your fingers through a full glass, the wine is weighty and dry, and clean on the palate. A simple roast beef French dip au jus sandwich or a hearty beef and barely stew would provide a satisfying accompaniment.
Borra Vineyards Church Block: 75% Carignane. Borra Vineyards Gill Creek Ranch: 15% Petite Sirah. 10% Syrah Clone 470.