Macari Vineyards 2017 Dos Aguas


As fall begins to set in, ideas about which wines would be good by the fireside spring to mind. The Dos Aguas 2017 by Macari vineyards has all the characteristics of a perfect wine to sip by the fire.

Give this wine a little time to open in the glass and it will be amply rewarded with an assortment of expertly layered flavors. The nose is both spicy and slightly vegetal with notes of black and green pepper, blackberry and molasses. The palate is bursting with fresh raspberry, green pepper and molasses. The finish is complex, lingering and fresh – the freshness invites to take another sip. Interestingly, although this wine does not have any of the grape varieties commonly found in Rioja wines, it shares a flavor similarity to some of the finest and most textured Rioja wines available.

In fact, this wine is a Bordeaux-style blend made from 60% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Franc. A real Bordeaux wine must come from the Bordeaux region in France, and it must meet the standards set by that region. To be a red Bordeaux, it must have one or a combination of the five noble grape varieties: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec. Sometimes a sixth grape, Carménère, is included.

Why are they called “noble grapes?” While this pretty much sounds like another arrogant wine term, noble grapes are said to retain their character no matter where they are planted, and they are recognizable for the premium wine they produce. So, although they did not graduate before class compared to other varietals, they are revered for their unwavering consistency.

The Dos Aguas 2017 blend from Macari represents the “two waters” that surround the vineyard on the North Fork. To the south of their vineyards is the Great Peconic Bay and to the north, the Long Island Sound. These two bodies of water create a unique climate that protects the vineyard and promotes slow and regular maturation.

The 2017 Dos Agues retails for $ 35 and will not only be a welcome addition to any fall wine collection, but will also make a lovely gift for the Bordeaux lover on your vacation list.

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