2006 Amore 1.5 L
At Terra Valentine we have created Amore, a special Sangiovese based blend, as an expression of our love of Super Tuscan style wines. After we released our first vintage of 2002 Amore, we quickly learned of our strong following for this easy drinking and delicious wine. Finally, it has returned to the Terra Valentine line up after many requests by loyal fans. A great Valentine's Day gift idea!
The 2006 harvest finished in early November and will go down as a 'grower's year' as vintners were faced with a variety of challenges from New Year flooding to wet weather that continued late into spring delaying bud break. By early June, the sun came out and vines began to bloom and set fruit. Mid-July presented a record-setting ten-day heat wave, but the canopy had not yet been thinned because of the delayed season and young clusters were shaded from the hot sun. Most growers agreed that the heat helped catch the vines up to a "normal" place in the growing season. Somewhat cooler weather arrived in August and continued throughout harvest, allowing for moderately paced and deliberate ripening and a long harvest period. Cool weather dominated early October, with rain coming in the first week, but the white varieties were in and this presented no damage to the black varieties still on the vine.
The 2006 Amore is a blend of 87% Sangiovese from Atlas Peak, 8.5% Cabernet Sauvignon from our Wurtele Vineyard and 4.5% Merlot from the valley floor. We used 25% new French Oak and aged it for 12 months. Release date is February 14, 2008.
Aromas of strawberry rhubarb and fresh thyme fill the nose. The palate is rich and concentrated, with notes of ripe mulberry fruit. The velvety mouthfeel lends itself to a long, toasty finish.