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Black Granite Red Blend, 2012. Three Pines

Black Granite Red Blend, 2012. Three Pines

Item #: C1119R2DC
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Black Granite Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Lovely Magenta
Nose: Spice, Cherry, Leather
Palate: Ripe Plum
Finish: A Complex Plethora of Sensations
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Red Meat, Game/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Three Pines is fashioned by the historic San Antonio Winery, founded over 100 years ago in downtown Los Angeles. It is the last producing winery in L.A., and continues to hand craft wines from their estate vineyards in the Napa Valley, Monterey, Paso Robles and many viticultural areas throughout California. Today, they are one of the top-30 wine producing companies in the U.S., making nearly 750,000 cases per year.

The Riboli family traces its wine-producing roots to Lombardy, Italy, where founder Santo Cambianica learned to make simple table wines for his family and friends. Once he emigrated to the U.S., Santo's vineyards provided employment for many first-generation Italian immigrants.

The Italian term for Three Pines is "tre pini," which denotes the three pine trees that overlook San Antonio Winery's vineyard in Paso Robles. When winemaker Tony Riboli was visiting vineyards in Italy, he ran across a part of the land than looked like black granite - and so, our wine is born from a memory of Italy.

Our selection is a blend of 30% Merlot, 25% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, and 20% Petite Sirah. We are seeing more blends such as this, as winemakers and consumers finally agree that each grape adds its own special attributes and contribute to a greater whole.

All of the flavors in our luscious selection coalesce into one united front. Hints of wild berry, blackberry, anise and earth seem to swirl endlessly and deliciously.

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