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Wesley Ashley Wines 2009 Intelligent Design Cuvee

Wesley Ashley Wines

2009 Rhone-style red blend
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Santa Barbara, CA


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Tasting Notes:
In the early morning in Santa Barbara, California, the primary grape varietal in this wine, Grenache, was picked, hand sorted and de-stemmed. Primary fermentation took place over ten days in stainless steel with native yeasts after a three day cold soak. It was then transferred to neutral oak barrels for Malolactic fermentation before blending with Syrah and Petite Sirah. The resulting wine is packed full of spicy strawberry aromas and flavors punctuated by notes of black fruit, vanilla, mocha and game. Excellent in structure and balance, this wine is made to enjoy on its own or to pair with a hearty meal. Enjoy!
  • Grapes
    75% Grenache; 20% Syrah; 5% Petit Sirah
  • Region
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • Production
    388 cases
  • Alcohol
  • Ageability
    Enjoy now through 2020
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Additional Winemaker Notes:
  • Silver Medal, San Francisco Wine Competition 
  • 94 points, The Tasting Panel
  • Silver Medal, Sunset International Wine Competition
Food Pairing Suggestions:
This Grenache-based blend is ideal for braised items and stews. It would also perfectly pair with slow roasted pork or lamb in a wine-based sauce or hearty dishes such as Moroccan Tagine, Spanish Paella or British Shephard’s Pie. Pairs well with cheeses such as Fontina, Gouda, Jarlsberg or Cheddar.
About the Winery
Wesley Ashley Wines From Wesley Ashley Wines comes this Rhone style blend. The name Wesley Ashley, a combination of owner Jim Sloate’s middle name and his daughter’s middle name, is family run and fueled by a passion for making fine wines that are approachable and easy drinking. Jim Sloate is passionate about Rhone style wines and knew from the start that he would want to focus on Rhone varietals. Learn more