2010 Carne Humana Napa Valley Red Wine

SKU #1113759 Wine Spectator

 Offers appealingly rustic charm, with cinnamon and cedar notes up front and brambly wild berry flavors at the core. The tannins are thick and bold. Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Charbono. Drink now through 2024.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Move over Prisoner, there's a new kid on the block and she's looking to steal your thunder! Named for "Rancho Carne Humana," the Mexican land grant that was given by the Mexican government to Edward Turner Bale (the Bale Grist Mill is a Hwy 29 landmark en route to Calistoga from St Helena) in 1841 that included the land between present-day Rutherford and Calistoga. This propietary blend of 30% Petit Sirah, 30% Petit Verdot, 20% Zinfandel, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, and 5% Charbono is barely legal in its abundance of dark, ripe, sexy fruit aromas and flavors and heady spice. Fruit sourced from six vineyards was all co-fermented and the wine aged for eighteen months in 40% new French oak, imparting toasty flavors and a rich, creamy texture to its core of youthful and plump fruit. Full-bodied, smooth, and eager to please, this bold red could be called "carne asada" since we can't think of a more appropriate pairing!

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