Russian River Brewing Co. "Temptation" Wild Ale aged in Chardonnay Barrels, California 750ml

SKU #1049460

This just-released, super-special, barrel-aged beer from Russian River Brewing Company is like the DRC of beer. The Tempation is aged in French oak wine barrels that used to hold Chardonnay, which impart some of that character to the blonde ale base, as well as the brettanomyces yeast, which many consider bad for wine (debatable), but great for beer. The beer is then re-fermented in bottle (bottle-conditioned) like a Champagne, to give it fine, yielding bubbles. This is a rare beer to share with good friends over a meal and well-worth the splurge. It is, of course, enjoyable now, but it promises a wonderful evolution in bottle if you choose to age it in your cellar.

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Price: $19.99

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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 7.25