Common Wealth Crush Co., "Let's Be Friends" Red Blend
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Common Wealth Crush Co., "Let's Be Friends" Red Blend - 2022

Item # 50468 750mL

A field blend of red and white grapes based primarily on Merlot, which was whole cluster fermented with partial carbonic maceration and was foot stomped. The white grapes were added near the end of the Merlot fermentation for freshness. Medium-bodied, with bright fresh fruit aromas, this will pair well with ham biscuits.

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Commonwealth Crush Co is the first winery of its kind in the Shenandoah Valley. Built with small producers in mind, they’re a ‘custom crush’ meets incubator meets think-tank cooperative. Levering strength in numbers they “strive to generate a ‘common wealth’ for all the wine makers in our ecosystem" in the ever-burgeoning and very exciting Virginia wine scene. “Let’s Be Friends” is a Merlot based blend (with supporting cast Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Manseng, Gruner and Chambourcin, et. al) sourced from vineyards up and down the Shenandoah Valley, as far south as Natural Bridge and as far north as Woodstock. Playful and punchy, effortlessly refreshing yet incredibly structured, whether cellar temp or chilled, Let’s Be Friends is packed with whole-cluster and semi-carbonic charm. Paired well with Shrimp Sagnarelli in a sambuca pink sauce.

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Glossary

Merlot

The next time you hear someone say they never touch Merlot, tell them that it's too bad, because you were just about to open a few bottles of Château Pétrus and Le Pin, and you have no one to share them with. Some wine drinkers are quick to dismiss varieties that become too fashionable, but Merlot is popular for good reason. It has one of the most impressive and distinctive textures of any wine, and has long been prized for the "softening" effect it can have on Cabernet Sauvignon - especially...

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Grüner Veltliner

Referred to by many Americans as "Gru-Ve," this white variety is nearly synonymous with Austrian wine. It's becoming wildly popular at the moment, especially compared to its obscure origins: it's known as the ultimate food wine for its great minerality and appealing freshness. The wines are consistent and eminently drinkable at the low end, and, on the premium side of things, full-bodied, long-lived, world-class whites.

Chambourcin

A dark-berried French hybrid, popular in the Loire in the 1970s. The deeply colored, aromatic wine it produces is far better than that of most hybrids. It has largely been abandoned in France, and today most plantings of Chambourcin can be found on Australia's east coast.


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