Gifft Red Blend is comprised of 6 different varietals, blended to showcase the fully-integrated bright fruit character of each component. Delightful aromas of ripe cherries, black fruit and vanilla make this red wine blend very approachable. Lively flavors of plum, blueberries and cassis greet the palate while notes of anise linger on the finish. A smooth, silky mouthfeel sits on a nedium-bodied, rounded frame that finishes with a touch of sweet oak vanilla.
53% Merlot, 17% Petite Sirah, 16% Syrah, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Muscat Canelli, 2% Gewurztraminer.
Red Blend is 100% estate grown and hails from the Scheid family’s vineyards in Monterey County. The Monterey growing region is known for having the longest growing season in California due to the maritime influence of the Monterey Bay. The winds that sweep through the vineyards each day bring a natural cooling effect, allowing an extra two to four weeks of what winemakers call “hang time”. Increased hang time leads to more intense flavor development and an enhanced richness of the fruit.
The grapes were destemmed, crushed, and fermented in small lots in open top fermenters. To add complexity and retain character, each variety was fermented separately. During the blending process just prior to bottling, the proportion of each varietal was chosen to accentuate the richness of flavor and maximize depth, complexity, mouthfeel and finish. The addition of a small amount of Muscat Canelli and Gewürztraminer, which are white wine grapes, may seem a little odd but it is actually a common practice in red blends to bring out the mid-palate and enhance the fruitiness.