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Staff Pick

Irouléguy "Ohitza", Dom. Brana - 2011

Item # 19435 750mL
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Tasting Notes

The Brana family was the first to replant in the area after the devastating phylloxera louse ravaged the vineyards. This is an incredible, full-bodied red wine that's driven by tannins and black fruits - plums and blackberries especially.

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Staff Pick Notes

Dry but fruity .....

Irouléguy is a small band of hillside vineyards in the Pyrénées within the French Pays Basque. “Ohitza” is made from 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Franc.The wine is aged in three year old barrels for twelve months. Farming practices are non-intervening and include bio-dynamic principles with harvesting done manually. This pretty ruby color wine has an enchanting aroma of ripe strawberries and ripe red berries. Here we have another surprising balance of dry but fruity. This means it technically is dry with low sugar levels, but the flavors of tart cranberry and ripe strawberries shine. The experience starts fruity and ends dry. Have this as a cocktail or with well seasoned foods...

- JR

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Cabernet Franc

Relegated to moderate obscurity in modern times, Cabernet Franc is in fact the proud parent of the attention-hogging Cabernet Sauvignon (after an illicit affair with Sauvignon Blanc a hundred-odd years ago). Cabernet Franc has remained close to its roots in France, enjoying small pockets of popularity primarily in the Loire Valley (specifically in Chinon), where it is often bottled as a varietal...

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