Dark Wine For Halloween

Who loves drinking red wine in the month of October? I know I do. So today I am bringing you two red wines that are such to satisfy your taste buds. The winery in question is Kuleto Estates, from Napa California. You might recognize this winery from a review I posted a few days ago. I opened one of their bottles to enjoy on a cool fall night outside.

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Now, you are probably wondering where does Halloween come into play with these wines? Well, I think the wine labels are perfect, since there are dark within themselves and because red wine at least for me goes hand in hand with the month of October. In1992, culinary entrepreneur Pat Kuleto purchased 761 acres of rugged terrain in the mountains of Eastern Napa Valley. Overlooking Lake Hennessey, Pritchard Hill and the towns of Rutherford and St. Helena, the property was wild, remote, beautiful and private. In addition to its potential as a country estate, the property possessed a myriad of soils and the growing conditions needed to produce world-class, high-altitude wines.

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After the site was surveyed, analyzed and mapped, planting began in 1993 with a handful of micro-blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Over the next few years, small blocks of Syrah, Zinfandel, Muscat and a number of blending varieties were added to the property. In addition to growing grapes, the estate was also a working ranch with sheep, fowl, cattle, fish, orchards and gardens.

Construction of the Kuleto winery began in 1999 and was completed in 2001. An architectural showcase of technology, tradition and aesthetics, the 17,000 square foot, gravity-flow facility is both beautiful and tailor-made for vinifying luxury-class fruit. The large fermentation room houses a variety of small to medium temperature-controlled fermentation vessels to ensure that every lot is vinified individually for greater quality, individuality and authenticity.

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Now onto The Wine

First on the list is Kuleto Estates India Ink Blend Red Wine. When I first poured this wine I was surprised at the deep dark purple color. Then the wine hit my taste buds and there was an explosion of flavors. With its mix of 5 different wines and a blending of 55% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, you can’t go wrong with enjoying this wine. With its flavors of blackberries plums tobacco and spicy Cocos. For food pairings I would match this wine with a big BBQ steak with wild mudrooms glaze.

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Second on the list is a wine that will make your prince charming appear. Yes, I’m kidding. But by the wine’s name you could dream, right? This wine is named Frog Prince. I know what you’re thinking. Will a hot sexy man appear after you finish the bottle? No, I’m sorry to say, but at least you can enjoy a big bold red wine, right? When Kuleto grape pickers were selecting grapes for this wine they focused on the aromas of red cherries. Why, you ask? Well this wine has a special trait. The 2013 Frog Prince puts it all together in a very elegant finished wine. If there isn’t such a thing as red cherry perfume then there is now. As this wine exudes the smell of cherry orchard. Flavors of this wine are of course red cherry, blueberry, black current, vanilla and oak. Food pairings are Spicy Roast Chicken and Salami.

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