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Dueling Pistols Paso Robles Red Blend 2017

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750ML / 13.8% ABV
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750ML / 13.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Inky purple with scarlet highlights. Thought provoking dark fruit aromas balanced with floral and spicy notes. Jammy entrance with a dense midpalate wrapped around a core of soft tannins with a long and lingering finish. The extended aging allows the two varietals to marry well and balance tannins while smoothing the texture and structure.

Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Petite Sirah

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Black-plum paste, blackberry-syrup, dried violets and concentrated jasmine aromas show on the nose of this 50-50 split between Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The mouthfeel is thick and rich, with floral flavors of lilac and jasmine yet a dense core of elderberry jam as well. It is a solid choice for hearty sipping.
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Dueling Pistols

Dueling Pistols

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Dueling Pistols, California
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Who are these two men? Why are they dueling? What is at stake? Who are the onlookers in the background? And most importantly – who will live? We follow Eli and Edward’s journey from the Midwest to California with the hopes of finding love and prosperity.

Eli loved Cora with all his being; but sometimes a happy ending just isn’t in the cards. Politics, family tensions, and cold blooded murder came between them and their love. Eli traveled to the ends of the earth to find Cora again, but when he arrived, he realized everything had changed. His future and his family all came down to one moment at dawn when he raised a pistol.

Being wealthy in the 1830’s had its drawbacks. The pressure for a good profession and starting a family was enough to lead a man to the brink of insanity. When Edward couldn’t take it any longer, he left and headed west in search of his calling. Neither the journey nor the arrival went as expected. He never thought he would raise his pistol that morning.

No duel is complete without the spectators and everyone has a story to tell. The town physician stood ready, but willing to save neither shooter. The town drunk was there, standing right in the middle, but even he wasn’t about to get between these dueling pistols.

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Paso Robles Wine

Central Coast, California

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Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of supple, powerful, fruit-driven Central Coast wines. But with eleven smaller sub-AVAs, there is actually quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

Just east over the Santa Lucia Mountains from the chilly Pacific Ocean, lie the coolest in the region: Adelaida, Templeton Gap and (Paso Robles) Willow Creek Districts, as well as York Mountain AVA and Santa Margarita Ranch. These all experience more ocean fog, wind and precipitation compared to the rest of the Paso sub-appellations. The San Miguel, (Paso Robles) Estrella, (Paso Robles) Geneso, (Paso Robles) Highlands, El Pomar and Creston Districts, along with San Juan Creek, are the hotter, more western appellations of the greater Paso Robles AVA.

This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Grenache and Rhône blends, both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruit-driven, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended red wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged resulting in a wide variety of red wine styles. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a red wine blend variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

How to Serve Red Wine

A common piece of advice is to serve red wine at “room temperature,” but this suggestion is imprecise. After all, room temperature in January is likely to be quite different than in August, even considering the possible effect of central heating and air conditioning systems. The proper temperature to aim for is 55° F to 60° F for lighter-bodied reds and 60° F to 65° F for fuller-bodied wines.

How Long Does Red Wine Last?

Once opened and re-corked, a bottle stored in a cool, dark environment (like your fridge) will stay fresh and nicely drinkable for a day or two. There are products available that can extend that period by a couple of days. As for unopened bottles, optimal storage means keeping them on their sides in a moderately humid environment at about 57° F. Red wines stored in this manner will stay good – and possibly improve – for anywhere from one year to multiple decades. Assessing how long to hold on to a bottle is a complicated science. If you are planning long-term storage of your reds, seek the advice of a wine professional.

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