2021 LVVC Wood Family Vineyards Blend – A Symphony in a Bottle!

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The Winery and Background on LVVC  

Photo ©Michael Kelly

The background on the Livermore Valley Vintner’s Collective (LVVC) started out with six small family run wineries with a purpose. Livermore Valley Vintners Collective is a group of highly motivated and creative winemakers residing in the Livermore Valley. Driven by collaboration and inspiration, the group decided to begin a winemaking project. At the core were a few central questions: What would happen if you give a group of winemakers a framework of varietals and ask them to make a wine. One that is totally unique, accessible and interesting. A representation of the specified grapes from the appellation, but with the fingerprints of each personality. Would you end up with similar wines? Would they be drastically different?  Other rules apply like not have any more than 50% being new barrels, no one varietal can exceed 20%, etc.  Check out the LVCC website at: https://www.lvvc.net/

This review is on the Wood Family Vineyards LVVC 2020 release.

The Wine Wine is bottled poetry” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Photo ©Michael Kelly

This is a blend of five varietals each composing 20% of the total featuring: Grenache, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. This wine is a kindred spirit to a typical symphony with four movements. The first addressing the mind, the second targeting the heart, the third a wake call with up tempo music and the fourth/final movement a strong and powerful, stirring and cheerful rendition of the previous movements. So it is with Wood Family Vineyards LVCC Red Blend. It starts off focused on the intellect trying to dissect varying and contrasting flavors of Grenache (bright cherry, ripe fruit, licorice), Cabernet Franc (medium body, herbs, pepper, earthiness) and Cabernet Sauvignon (robust, chewy, leather). The second movement is the heart of the blend, flavors and aromas bursting with flavors of cocoa, and velvety tannins. The third movement is the wakeup call focused on easy to drink Cabernet Franc contrasting to the robust chewy tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon. The final crescendo pulling it all together, is the combination of red fruits, coffee, herbs, blackberry and layers upon layers of opulence and exuberance picking up all the nuances of the various components. Alcohol is 14.7 % and listed at the winery at $45/bottle. It will be released June 24th.

The Food and Wine Pairing   Food without wine is a corpse; wine without food is a ghost. United and well matched, they are as body and soul: living partners” – Andre Simon

Photo ©Michael Kelly

Paired this evening with an Italian sausage, garlic & herb sauce and whole wheat spaghetti noodles. The wine with its varying profiles of tannins and acidity managed the red sauce perfectly. A delightful food and wine pairing. This wine was extremely enjoyable with this dish. The wine will make my annual Best Wines Tasted in the year for 2023.






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