A Passion For Cosentino Wine

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Welcome to the brand new Cosentino wine blog. When I began producing wine, I was driven by a passion to make wines that equal the best in the world and ones that would make a personal, stylistic statement. Today, while facing my 32nd harvest (and first blog) it is still what drives me.

Bordeaux varietals, which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petite Verdot, have always been of great importance to me. I love these grapes produced as a 100% varietal or as a Meritage. Specifically, as you have seen produced in the Cosentino portfolio for many years, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot are compatible with each other and so interesting on their own. My obsession with these specific varietals is what brought me to the Bordeaux-centric Napa Valley.

Napa Valley produces some of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon in the world, period. Upon my move to wine country, I focused on sourcing fruit from small growers in the Napa Valley and its surrounding areas. I like to look at each vineyard as a component to something greater, much like a chef looks at his or her ingredients and spices. Blending really becomes an art in this perspective whether I decide to combine Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc and/or Merlot, Merlot with Cabernet Franc, and so on. It becomes very exciting and magical when I find the perfect combination of fruit.

Understanding the quality of fruit from each appellation is of utmost importance, so I centered my search for ultra-premium grapes in [what is now] Oakville and Yountville. After a few obstacles that normally accompany new ventures and selecting some properties early on that proved incompatible with my aforementioned desire, I cheap generic cialis settled into the current Yountville estate property. When the Oakville appellation was designated a few years following the purchase of our property, our address transitioned from Yountville AVA to the Oakville AVA. In fact, the first Cosentino Estate Merlot was released on the same day that the Oakville appellation became official!

Personally, I have always drawn a lot of energy from this process and I continue to look forward to discovering a new wine from each harvest I produce! I hope you have enjoyed this little journey and that you have discovered and developed some old and new favorites along the way. Continue the journey with me and some of our other Cosentino contributors on this blog where we hope to share this magical process with you,

our dear reader.

Tell us about your favorite experience with Bordeaux varietals or let us know what you would like to see during harvest this year in the comments below. Cheers!
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Author:Mitch (Winemaker)

In 1980, Mitch Cosentino began making wine from small lots in Modesto, California. Moving his operation to Napa Valley nearly 10 years later, he pursued his dream of becoming a great Napa winemaker. His highly skilled and artistic style of winemaking has enabled him to craft award winning wines with an old world attitude. On the rare occasions that Mitch isn't at the winery, he can be found honing his skills on the golf course.

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