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Mengler Family Wines

2017 Rita's Block

2017 Rita's Block

Rita’s Block is an exotic field blend grown at the Alegria Vineyards in the Russian River Valley with 14 different varietals creating this complex wine.  This special wine is tended to by friends and family throughout the entire year, leading up to hand harvesting by this group. 

Cellared 24 months in 30% new American Oak (Minnesota)

Here is the composition of the 2017 Rita's Block:

Zinfandel - 60.7%

Primitivo - 21.4%

Alicante Bouschet - 4.8%

Petite Sirah - 2.6%

Trousseau - 2.6%

Syrah - 1.8%

Charbono - 1.7%

Mataro - 1.2%

Tinta Cao - 1.0%

Einset - 0.9%

Negrette - 0.9%

Petit Beclan - 0.3%

Cabernet Sauvignon - 0.2%

Liatiko - <0.1%

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SKU: MN17RBRR
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Red Blend
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Alegria Vineyards
Harvest Date
9/16/2017
Sugar
22.5
Acid
6.8
pH
3.58
Aging
24 Months 30% New American Oak
Bottling Date
12/12/2019
Residual Sugar
0
Alcohol %
13.2
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Deep garnet with only slight rim browning. Black cherry, tar vanilla. Medium to low acids, medium, well balanced tannins. Toasted smokey oak. Medium balanced finish
Vineyard Notes
Special, dedicated 3/4 acre block in the Russian River Valley at Alegria Vineyards
Production Notes
Produced entirely at Alegria Vineyards and then barreled into American Oak for ageing
Winemaker Notes
One of the lightest tasting Rita's Blocks that we've made making the 2017 very approachable and tasty now through 2027
Food Pairing Notes
BBQ'd foods go great with Rita's Block - especially pork chops and grilled steak. In addition, this Field Blend pairs especially well with tomato based curry dishes as the wide range of flavors in Rita's Block works perfectly with the rainbow of flavors in curry dishes
Other Notes
14 Varietal Field Blend: Zinfandel 61%; Primitivo 21%; Alicante Bouschet 5%; Petite Syrah 3%; Trousseau 3%; Syrah 2%; Charbono 2%; Mataro 1%; Tinta Cao 1%; Einset 1%; Negrette 1%; and Petit Beclan. Cabernet Sauvignon, Liatiko

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