HandCraft Artisan Collection, a new project from Cheryl Indelicato, third generation Italian heritage winery proprietor (DVF Wines). After more than twenty years on the hospitality and public relations side of the wine business, Cheryl joined forces with experienced winemaker Alicia Yasis who is celebrating her 18th harvest with the company.
"Choosing a wine can be intimidating, so I wanted to make certain that if someone chose my wine, they would be rewarded with an enjoyable experience. As Alicia and I began work on the wine blends, we found that adding a bit of Italian and heritage varietals lifted the aromatics and fruit flavors. When it came time to give these wines a name, we settle on HandCraft- a reflection on the personal touch we put in every bottle." Cheryl shared with us.
The HandCraft line includes the 2011 Chardonnay, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Petite Sirah and 2010 Pinot Noir. All the wines have at least 75% to be call a varietal wine. The Chardonnay has touch of Malvasia Bianca; the Cabernet has Petite Sirah and a touch of Sangiovese, the Pinot Noir has a bit of Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah; the Petite Sirah has Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Zinfandel.
All the wines have great aromatics, fruit forward flavors and pleasant tannins; very approachable wines that will please many palates at a great price point of $12. The Cabernet Sauvignon shows great quality at such a low retail price, it will be a great wine to have with the Holidays fare.
- 2010 Hancraft Cabernet Sauvignon: This wine shows aromas of ripe plum and cherry, baking spices and red flowers with hints of cloves and black pepper. This wine fill your mouth with ripe dark fruit flavors along cinnamon, nutmeg, red currants and dark chocolate notes. Great balance between fruit and tannins with a spice forward medium finish. This wine was serve with pan seared pork chops and a side of oven roasted sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon; was a great pairing with the wine highlighting the the spices in the pork and sweet potatoes. Enjoy this wine with oven roasted or pan seared red meats, roasted pork, pasta with red sauce and latin food. Retail price $12.