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Welcome to LE18, a showcase of five outstanding wines from some of the world's most renowned regions.
Barbaresco Style - PIEDMONT, ITALY
Sweetness:Dry Body:Full Alcohol:14%*
Piedmont boasts a rich cultural and winemaking history going back to the Middle Ages. Located at the foot of the Alps, the region’s hilly landscape is lush with valleys full of vines, with many sunny slopes reserved for the prized Nebbiolo grape. Hot summers but thick morning fogs commonly roll through the valleys bringing cooler air. It slows the ripening of the Nebbiolo grapes, resulting in aromatic wines high in acid, alcohol and tannin – prized attributes of the Barbaresco wine style.
Corazón - CURICÓ VALLEY, CHILE
Sweetness:Dry Body:Full Alcohol:13%*
Corazón comes from the Curicó Valley located in the heart of Chile. Nestled in between the Andes and Coastal Range mountains. Meltwater rivers provide irrigation during dry summer and deposit rich minerals in the soil, and hot sunny days are balanced by cool air drifting down from the snow-covered peaks of the Andes at night; these daily temperature swings cause the grapes to ripen slowly, allowing for optimal flavour, tannin and colour development.
Symphony Gewürztraminer - SIERRA FOOTHILLS, CALIFORNIA
Sweetness: Off Dry Body:Medium-Full Alcohol:12.5%*
The Sierra Foothills were the center of the California Gold Rush. European immigrants planted the area’s first vineyards as they settled into life in the Wild West. The shallow soil is mainly decomposed granite, shale or volcanic matter; not particularly fertile ground, nor does it retain much moisture in a region where water can be scarce. These harsh-sounding conditions are actually good news for grapes as the vines yield less fruit, resulting in more concentrated flavours.
Black Cab - LODI, CALIFORNIA
Sweetness:Dry Body:Medium-Full Alcohol:12.5%*
From the first planted vines in the mid-1800s, the region has flourished into a world-class producer, with most of the land dedicated to red wine grape varieties. Lodi’s grapes benefit from a Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool nights, and a dry growing season which allows growers to precisely manage vine growth through irrigation. Two mountain-fed rivers run through the region bringing rich granite-based minerals to the soil which lend complex flavours to the grapes.