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Lower alcohol wine[1] represents Napa Valley[2] Winemaker[3] Scott Harveys commitment to making wine that is drinkable, enjoyable, and enhances good food. At last, new tastes in wine are catching up to Scott Harveys training.

The winemaker is not alone in his views about the superiority of lower alcohol wines. According to Richard Halstead, CEO of global market research Wine Intelligence, Alcoholic strength of wine is an issue that consumers take seriously across the world.” According to Drinks International, “there has been widespread criticism of 15.5% alcohol blockbusters and requests for winemakers to aim lower.”

Trained in Germany in the Old World style, Scott believes that balance is critical to good wine making results. In a recent interview with Dan Berger, writer for the Sonoma County, California based newspaper and online site, Press Democrat, the writer explored the winemakers perspective on the place of alcohol level in wine making. Balance is the key to all great wines,” said Scott Harvey. I prefer to make my Napa Valley Cabernets come in at 13.5%. Many Napa Valley cult wines come in with labels from 14.5% to 15.5% Although from the way they taste, they could well be at least 1.5% higher, said Scott.

I pick wine grapes when the grapes still taste like Cabernet grapes or Zinfandel grapesrather than like raisins. Most winemakers are afraid to pick this early, but I listen to the grapes. Scott picks Cabernet grapes at the moment when they are red fruits, not black fruits, turning into raisins. Its what Scott calls The Perfect Moment in his video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br9H29iYsC8[4]

A lower alcohol wine can be an award-winning wine. For example, Jana Cathedral Napa Valley 2006 ($65) has an alcohol level of 13.5%. This limited production Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the winner of a double Gold Medal at the America Fine Wine Competition. I made this wine in the European style with low pH and low alcohol, so it pairs very well with an elegant and rich meal, Scott explained. I named it for Cathedral Rock in Sedona[5], Arizona, where I proposed marriage to Jana.

Another Scott Harvey award-winner, with a 13.5% alcohol level, is Scott Harvey 2009 J&S Reserve Barbera, which was singled out at the California State Fair with a Gold Medal – 94 Points. The rich full flavors express both the varietal and the terroir of Amador County, explains Scott. This Barbera is a blend of the Spinetta Vineyard and Vineyard 1869 of the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County, California.

Lower alcohol and more balanced results have been more achievable with the more recent cool vintage releases of 2010 and 2011. Its the lower temperature vintages that produce less sugar, and with less sugar comes lower alcohol,” said Scott.

On the white side, Scott is known for his European Style Riesling, which previously has had alcohol levels as low as 9.5%. Scott will have a new release of his Mendocino Riesling in June. He is also a celebrated wine blender, originally known as the creator behind the popular Mnage Trois. Most recently, Scott brings his blending skills to his latest award-winning white wine blend, Primero Beso (First Kiss).

The World Wine Championships, run by Beverage Testing Institute[6], has just awarded 91 points (rated Exceptional) to Scotts Primero Beso 2011 White Blend, ($18), with a 12.5% alcohol by volume. The judges rated the blend for its pale golden yellow color. Aromas of dark fig-date bread and honey with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy apple, peach, starfruit and lemon tart accented finish. Very refreshing and lively as a sipper or to pair with spicy Mexican foods. 4/13/13

About Scott Harvey Wines Handcrafted wines from Napa Valley and Amador County, Scott Harvey Wines produces wines under three labels: Scott Harvey Wines, Jana Winery and InZinerator. Established in 2004, Scott Harvey Wines features Vineyard 1869 Zinfandel, Napa Valley Cathedral Cabernet Sauvignon, Amador County Barberas, Zinfandels and Syrahs along with a variety of one-of-a-kind white and red wine blends. Creator of niche wines that over deliver, Scott Harvey, owner and winemaker, has been making quality wines for over 30 years.

Scott Harvey Wines http://www.scottharveywines.com[7]

For more information or interview: All Social Susan Curtis susan(at)allsocial(dot)biz

References

  1. ^ Lower alcohol wine (winestore.scottharveywines.com)
  2. ^ Napa Valley (scottharveywines.com)
  3. ^ Winemaker (www.scottharveywines.com)
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br9H29iYsC8 (www.youtube.com)
  5. ^ Cathedral Rock in Sedona (www.youtube.com)
  6. ^ Beverage Testing Institute (www.tastings.com)
  7. ^ http://www.scottharveywines.com (www.scottharveywines.com)

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