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74  /  the tasting panel  /  april 2015 Proseo Power With Prosecco gaining an increasing toehold on the bubbly marketplace, today's consumers are looking for quality and affordability and are considering consumption way beyond the mimosa. Answering the call is Piccini Prosecco, a 100% Glera sparkler that abounds with toasty fruit: Baked apple, pear and a kiss of lemon meringue, complemented by a persistent and virile stream of bubbles. Celebration at its best. Celebrity Do-Gder If you've ever walked the grocery store aisles, you've seen Paul Newman's friendly face smiling back at you from salad dressings, all-natural candy bars and hearty pasta sauces. Now that the celebrity do-gooder is branching into the world of wine, its no surprise he's pushing the boundaries even further. Common Good Red Blend donates all profits to charity, and the wine's as good for the palate as it is for the heartstinrgs: Rich and balanced, smooth and long; really nice red fruit and a hint of mocha make this a food-friendly and easy drinking red that's perfect for the do-gooder in us all. by Rachel Burkons Mieial Magic As the Mieial wine consumer continues to gain rength at retail, these educated young folks are on the lkout for new and intereing wines —at a reasonable price point. With their pocketbks in mind and their palates on the up-and-up, produce are paying more aention to this important group than ever before. Here are a few selec- tions we think your cuome wi love exploring. Simple Sangria Who doesn't love sangria on a hot spring afternoon? But with all the slicing, dicing and precise measuring of various liqueurs and spirits, not every at-home consumer has the patience to perfect sangria. Keeping things simple was never easier than with Eppa SupraFruita White Sangria, a pre-made mix of white wines and organic fruit juices bursting with antioxidants. Not too sweet and with just the right amount of fruity flavor, Eppa is the perfect starter sangria–heck, your customers may even be inspired to slice and dice. Light, fresh and fruity, with tropical and stone fruit flavors floating effortless across the palate; breezy and bright. Palate Bandit As you've just read, Three Thieves Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine with a rogue spirit and a talented winemaking team, sure to steal your customers' hearts. Not only is it priced as a sheer steal, this 100% Cali Cab is downright delicious. We love the story behind the brand (see p. 72), but the juice is the real star here: Lush and juicy, Three Thieves steals a bunch of cherries, runs it across your palate with a lingering swath of baked-blueberry-vanilla cowboy crumble. Gird your glasses —this is too good to lose. Swt Sauv Sier Say what you will about "cute" female-targeted Millennial wine labels, but Delish Sauvignon Blanc is downright ador- able. From its frilly, fun font to its trio of ice cream cones, there's lots to like about this bottle, but we're pleased to report that the wine is worthy too: Balanced with tropical citrus notes, Delish is easy-drinking and as bright and bub- bly as an all-American homecoming queen. Fun, flirty and friendly! ©2015 Rebel Wine, St. Helena, CA 94574 WINE SO GOOD, IT 'S A STEAL . e ree ieves believe that great wine is not a pleasure reserved for kings, but rather a privilege of life—something for everyone to enjoy. So they scour the globe to find the very best wines the world has to offer, then bring it back to share at a fair and honest price. ese 'Liberators of Fine Wines' are delighted to present their latest score: a rich, rewarding Cabernet Sauvignon. WINEMAKING e ieves treasure classic California Cabernet Sauvignon. is Cab is made in an approachable style with balanced, juicy fruit flavors supported by smooth, supple tannins. To further enhance the blend, the wine is infused with French and American oak, which beautifully complements the dark berry, black currant and cherry flavors, lending hints of warm spice and vanilla. WINEMAKERS' NOTES e ree ieves can't resist the allure of rubies, and this Cabernet Sauvignon sparkles like a gem. In the glass, it's a brilliant ruby red, with inviting aromas of fresh cherries and toasted vanilla. Deep cherry and berry flavors are rich on the palate, leading the way for a powerful, full finish. 2 0 1 3 C A B E R N E T S A U V I G N O N CALIFORNIA Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Appellation Information: California - 40% Monterey County 60% Lodi Analysis: Alcohol - 13.45% TA - 0.65 g/100ml pH - 3.56 RS - 0.32 g/100ml T H R E E T H I E V E S . C O M RED TASTING NOTES Smooth, complex and fruit for ward of black fruit that lends itself a pleasant VARIETAL INFORMATION 66% Merlot 24% Zinfandel 8% Cabernet Sauvignon APPELLATION California VINTAGE: 2013 ALCOHOL: 13.90% TA: 0.62 g/100ml PH: 3.48 RS: 0.7 g/100 ml ALL ©2015 Rebel Wine, St. Helena, CA 94574 SS15XXX

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