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As California wines go, our wines are somewhat atypical: we don't produce high alcohol wines, we don't like 'fruit bombs'. Only subtle oak is OK. Acidity is higher than most in order make them food friendly. Balance is everything here at Avanguardia.
Please note that our white blends undergo extend aging on the yeast lees, and this seems to provide an advantage to the wines' ability to age in the bottle, so don't be concerned about what may seem to be an older than ideal vintage date for a white wine.
Balanced and deep varietal red wine
Lagrein is a variety from Trentino/Alto-Adige region in extreme north-central Italy.
Fiano, a native of deep south region Campania, is one of maybe 3-4 top white varietals to make memorable wines according to Italian wine critics. Our Fiano is blended with around 10% Falanghina, a very similar style of wine. Nuanced with a minerally finish.
What it resembles: High-end Italian Pinot Grigio from the Collio region in Friuli, or some of the so-called Super-Friulians, expensive multi-variety white blends, also from Collio.
Varietal Composition: The dominant grape in our Cristallo blend is the Georgian Rkatsiteli, widely planted in eastern Europe. A high-acid grape of very high quality, its wines are seldom exported. We combine it ( at about 70-90%) with Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Melon de Bourgogne. Melon is the sole variety in the Loire wine known as Muscadet, sometimes referred to as the quintessential “oyster wine”.
Unique red varietal, originally from Veneto, Italy. This varietal select wine is rich with dark fruit and beautifully balanced.
What it resembles: The classic Semillon blends are with Sauvignon Blanc, where Semillon provides body; we take a different path. Imagine good dry Semillon, as from the Southern Hemisphere, plus dry Gewurztraminer, plus dry but fruity Chenin Blanc, topped off with exotic citrus notes from Orange Muscat. Dry though, not sweet.
Delightful blend of Piedmontese varieties, our estate grown Barbera and Dolcetto.
What it resembles: Various Tuscan Sangiovese blends, sometimes known as Super-Tuscans. Picked at less than 25% sugar, this wine is more restrained and displays more finesse than many California Sangioveses or Sangiovese blends.
Varietal Composition: Varying anywhere from two thirds Mondeuse and and one-third Carmine to around half and half. Mondeuse is an indigenous red variety from the foothills of the French Alps with deep color and plum or cranberry fruit; Carmine is a University of California two-generation cross: Carignane X Cabernet Sauvignon crossed again with Merlot. Carmine is also dark, with somewhat intense flavors.