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VineCo Global Passport 2024

Merlot Cabernet Franc

Pre-Order Deadline has passed! Introducing the harmonious medium-full bodied blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. These two renowned varietals blend seamlessly together creating a wine that is vibrant with a velvety richness. Enchanting notes of plum, sweet strawberries, and raspberry are followed by subtle hints of chocolate mocha, baking spice and licorice. The Merlot adds the fruity and berry component to the wine while the Cabernet Franc adds more perfumed herbal notes. A silky-smooth mouth feel, fresh acidity, balanced tannins, and a finish that is nothing short of radiant.

The Lodi region is nestled in the middle of the Central Valley, between San Francisco and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The landscape is characterized by sprawling vineyards and rolling hills. Growing grapes has long been a part of the region’s history and it is flourishing region for wine tourism. The region is blessed with a Mediterranean climate with warm dry days, cool nights, and breezes off the San Francisco Bay. The mineral rich soil plays a big role in producing high quality, flavourful fruit. The combination of the climate and fertile soils create an idea environment for producing high quality wines.

Suggested food pairings include seared duck breast with confit potatoes, wild mushroom risotto, or aged cheddar.

Arrives December 2023. Labels included.

  • Alcohol 13%
  • Sweetness Dry
  • Body Medium-Full
  • Oak Medium
  • Time to Ready 6 weeks
  • Yield ~30 x 750ml
  • Price $15.00
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Brand VineCo Global Passport 2024

Every year, our highly anticipated VineCo™ Global Passport Series takes us on a new adventure to the most prominent, well-respected wine regions – from highly touted up-and-coming regions to age-old vineyards with long histories. Available for a short time by reservation only.

Varietal Cabernet Franc

The parent grape of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere, Cabernet Franc is one of the most widely grown red grapes in the world. Cab Franc can be light and delicate or big and bold depending on where grown and is one of the grapes allowed to be blended in Bordeaux wines. Cabernet Franc is a great blending as it contributes intense floral notes, acidity and finesse not found in Merlot and Cabernet.

Varietal Merlot

Another classic grape from the Bordeaux region of France, Merlot is now the most widely planted red grape in the world! Merlot wines range from very approachable, young drinking, soft wines to big, dense block-busters. There is a place for Merlot in everyone’s wine rack!

Region Lodi, California

Grapes have long been a part of the Lodi landscape, where bountiful wild vines used to grow along riverbanks. From the first planted vines in the mid-1800s, the region has flourished into a world-class producer, with most of the land dedicated to red wine grape varieties. Lodi’s grapes benefit from a Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool nights, and a dry growing season which allows growers to precisely manage vine growth through irrigation. Two mountain-fed rivers run through the region bringing rich granite-based minerals to the soil which lend complex flavours to the grapes.

Sweetness Dry

Dry wines like Cabernet and Pinot Grigio have no perceptible amount of sweetness to the drinker and will often be detected as having a drying character in the mouth.

Body Medium-Full

Typically wines featuring grapes that naturally have bigger flavours and may have higher tannins, oaking or alcohol levels.

Oak Medium

Most red wines will have at least a medium oak level as it is an expected part of the taste of a red wine.