About This Wine
You’ve probably heard of Vampire wines.
That’s because they’ve become media darlings, being featured in magazines such as Maxim, Elle and In Style, and television networks such as CNN Headline News and MTV. Probably the only reason they aren’t found in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video is that Jackson recorded that song five years before the Vampire label debuted.
While the Vampire label undeniably is a winner from a marketing perspective, there’s plenty of “steak” to go with the “sizzle.” Or, to put it another way, Vampire wines are very good.
The Vampire vintner describes the 2010 Vampire Pinot Noir as “a light, smooth wine, easy to drink at any time of the year and exhibiting typical character of a young Pinot Noir.” And while it goes with a wide array of main dishes, “it also can be enjoyed as an aperitif or as an after-dinner wine with Belgian milk chocolate and blue cheeses.”
About Pinot Noir
Very sensitive to climate and handling in winery, this fickle grape of Burgundy yields low tannin and acidity, medium colors and lifespan. Classic berry, cherry and currant flavors, silky textures typically balanced with spicy or floral tones.
- Grape Composition:100% Pinot Noir
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Strawberry, Forest Fruit and Subtle Oak Notes
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestiongame dishes, or pasta with a tomato and basil sauce.
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