2011 Kelly Fleming Big Pour
2011 Kelly Fleming Big Pour, Bordeaux Red Blend from Napa Valley,California,
The 2011 Big Pour opens up in the glass with pretty aromas of crème de cassis, raspberry and orange
citrus spice. The fragrant tones of sweet bay, nutmeg and clove supply aromatic nuance to the redfruit core. On the palate, this wine is light on its feet, bursting with cherry-candy fruit expression. Merlot in the blend contributes a smooth richness and underlying dark chocolate component, while Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc complete the picture with intriguing spice tones, adding both
dimension and warmth to the fruit focused palate.
Many American culinary traditions are borrowed from the French (omelette anyone?), and wine making is no exception. The most popular grapes in the United States (Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon) are both French varieties, and many of the techniques practiced in the States were learned from French winemakers. So, it’s not a surprise that we would create a wine blend and name it after the blends’ place of origin, if for no other reason than to don respect.
Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.