Red Blend, 2012. Four Star

Red Blend, 2012. Four Star

Item #: C0714R1DC
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cab Franc)
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Light purple
Nose: Boysenberry and cranberry
Palate: Spice and earth mixed with cranberry and cocoa
Finish: Concentrated, tannic with blackberry fruit
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink through 2017/Alcohol - 13.9%
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Most of the time it's fun finding out about these wines and writing about them. Once in a while, they don't want you to. Why? Because they have a brand they think is sacred and don't want to be associated with a wine that sells far below their sacred brand, as if anyone would really know the difference, or really care.

Such is the case with this terrific wine. Four Star was created by the folks at Da Ve Winery in Napa, a winery so exclusive they don't even have a website. They own a custom crush facility in Napa called Fior di Sol who actually made the wine. We have purchased wine from Fior di Sol in the past that have been some of our best sellers.absolutely outstanding stuff.

Founded in 2006, Fior di Sol Napa Valley is the dream child of three Italian friends, Dario De Conti, Valentina Guolo-Migotto and Stefano Migotto. Fior di Sol is a tribute to the land of their birth and the wines that they love. From the winery and vineyards in Carneros, featuring hand-selected fruit from across the region, Fior di Sol wines represent the best of both worlds. Napa Valley fruit carefully crafted by the heritage and obsessive care of Old World winemaking into some of the finest wines available. From award-winning House blends to an opulent Reserve line, Fior di Sol makes wine that elevates the best grapes Napa Valley has to offer.

In the early 1990s, Stefano Migotto and Dario De Conti were two of Italy's brightest young winemakers. A decade later, each came to California to share his expertise with American winemakers. In the process, both fell in love with the Napa Valley and started a partnership in the Fior di Sol Napa Valley brand. Combined, Stefano and Dario have over 30 years' experience in wine consulting and the finer points of Old World winemaking.

Four Star is a wine created seven years ago by Dario in hopes of using the best flavors of wines throughout California to create a soft, fruit driven wine for everyday consumption. Each vintage is comprised of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc, blended each year based on the vintage to express the fruit and structure of the wine. A can't miss with meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

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