According to winemaker James Ewart, throughout centuries of cultivation, winegrowers has paid close attention to their wines, watching for beneficial changes as the plans adapted to their site and growing conditions.
“They selected those with exceptional attributes and propagated them by cuttings from the original vine to the vine types we call ‘clones’ genetically identical vines that are prized for specific characteristics,” he said. “Clones (vine types) perform at their best when they are put to work in the type of soil and climate from which they develop.
Noble Vines 1 ($14.99) includes the 181 merlot clone from Pomerol in Bordeaux, France, cabernet sauvignon clone 337 also from Bordeaux and the third Costamagna zinfandel from the west side of Lodi.
Each member of this trio contributes unique characters,
In the glass, this medium-bodied wine displays succulent blackberry and lush black cherry aromas. On the palate the blend’s dark fruit finishes with a touch of pepper. Merlot leads the parade followed by cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel, which adds a layer of softness to the other two varietals.
Pour this with barbecued meats or hard Tuscan cheeses.