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MagnaVita Cellars  "Grapewagon Red"  California 2016

Retail Price: $25

Value Rating: 3.5

Wine Factor: 1
Date Posted: November 29, 2018
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DDWA Score: 88

Great Value


This red blend is mostly Zinfandel from Lodi with compliments of Merlot and Lagrein (a grape you see mostly from its Northern Italy homeland). Smell and taste summertime, fresh-picked red berries along with dabs of black tea, dried mushrooms, black pepper and tobacco (unlit nice cigar). Medium acidity and medium/light tannins. Aged briefly in French oak used previously for 3 years, i.e. neutral. This hits the mark of a drink-anytime red blend a la a killer Southern Rhone. Great price for a well-made, unique wine.

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Ron Magnavita-Phillips, winemaker/do it all proprietor, is based in Napa Valley, and his wines are all from outside Napa. His passion for wine lies in the lesser-known realm of grapes and styles: Lagrein, Tannat and Refosco grapes. Skin ferment Pinot Gris. Everything he makes is with skill and purpose. These are wines to know about – I’m glad I do!

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