Painted Red

Painted Red

Red Blend
IN - Indiana Uplands
$20.00 / 750 mL Bottle

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Flat out, we love making blends at Turtle Run.  The staff and I can come up with a wine concept on how we want the wine to taste, then we blend it until we get it.  In Europe for centuries, their "trick" to make great wines relied on saving back older vintages to blend in with newer ones.  Here is the secret behind the trick:  As wine ages, complex esters form which enhance the flavor and mouthfeel in the wine.  Typically, they'll also soften the wine on the palate -- but sometimes at the expense of bright fruit flavors.  Blending old with new allows consumers to experience both.  So why don't we see a lot of non-vintage wines?  My theory is this.  Wine magazines today live by their buyer's guides.  The buyer's guides are based on sampling and analyzing newly released wines with vintage dates.  I just don't think the wine magazines have any interest in rating non-vintage wines, especially since some of the basis for their creation had to do with blending to make consistent wines.  For several of our non-vintage wines, Dry Tortuga, The Mammatus, The Labyrinth, and Joe's Jammin' Red come to mind, we try to blend to make a consistent flavor:  thus they can only be rated once -- hence, no need for a buyers guide after that.  And that concept doesn't sell wine magazines.  Since wineries can make a killing off of a good rating, the idea to blend non-vintage wines has become very old school, so not very many of us are doing it.  And thus an entire class of great wines has fallen by the wayside.  Not because consumers didn't like them, but rather because the wine magazines altered the focus on how wineries should approach winemaking -- vintage dates. Painted Red is designed to be an easy-going, but complex dry red with a long, lingering finish with good, not overbearing tannins and a nice zip of fruit.. This is an upfront, bold, fruity red with great intensity. It kind of smacks you around in a way. A blend of Frontenac and Mourvedre

Brand for Turtle Run Winery
Turtle Run Winery is located in the southern part of the Indiana Uplands American Viticulture Area and is known for making expressive wines following the European traditions of barrel fermentations, barrel aging, no oak products added, long, extended skin contact for dry reds, so no tannin addition, arrested fermentation sweet wines so no sugar or juice added. Yes, real wine. And yes, our flavors vary from vintage to vintage. We've won lots of wine competitions with "best in class" wines...coast to coast.
Turtle Run Winery
940 St. Peters Church Road, Ne
Corydon, IN 47112-8351
http://www.turtlerunwinery.com

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