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Farm Life Red Wine Napa Valley

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Farm Life Red Wine Napa Valley FOOD & WINE Wine Club Farm Life Red Wine Napa Valley
Winery Farm & Planet
Grape Syrah
Year 2009
Country United States
Appellation Yountville

$15.00 per bottle

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Beyond Napa’s glitzy facade, there are still some hands-on, tractor-driving farmer-vintners, like Farm Life’s Patrick Ridder.
What You Need To Know
Poet and naturalist Patrick Ridder grows a paradisaical bounty of fruits, wildflowers, nuts and vegetables on his organic ranch south of the Napa Valley town of Yountville. Among the bounty are 40 acres of grapevines, planted mostly to less-fashionable varieties such as Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Petite Syrah and Syrah. Ridder sells some of his meticulously farmed grapes to his winery neighbors and keeps back the rest to make a few micro-lots of his own wine. This ninebarrel blend combines meaty Syrah and Petite Sirah to create the highly delicious antithesis of the stereotypical Napa Valley red. While boldly fruity, this rare bottling is also inexpensive, moderately oaked and, in its lack of grandiose back label copy, refreshingly unpretentious.
Smell It
Smell It
Fragrant black currant, bay laurel and white pepper scents.
Taste It
Taste It
Polished and bold, with blackfruit and clove flavors.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Boldly flavored red meat, pork and poultry dishes.