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Varietal Info

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Arneis
Commonly described as “the little rascal”, this is a rare varietal with a refreshing mouth feel of lemon and lime. Commonly utilized as a blending grape to make rustic varietals more elegant and smooth, it has only recently been produced to stand on its own. Arneis can be a challenging grape to cultivate, due to a low acidity rate and its natural tendency to oxidize. The grape leads to a medium-bodied white wine that produces powerful flavors. Try this unique, delicious wine with prosciutto and melon or a simple pesto shrimp served over pasta. 
Chardonnay
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Chardonnay is the effervescent cheerleader, rooting for New World wines, meticulously adapting to any condition and coaching. Certainly one of the most widely recognized wines in the world, it is anything but ordinary. This spectacular grape was originally cultivated in the Burgundy region of France, and is now grown wherever wine can be produced. Despite its ability to be grown anywhere, Chardonnay is mostly planted in California, with close to 100,000 acres. A neutral, green skin grape, it is easily affected by the land and its growers’ hands. Our delicious Chardonnay is gently handpicked from our expansive surrounding Sonoma vineyards and goes through a cold fermentation process to preserve crisp, complex, fruit flavors, further keeping the tropical fruit and citrus notes.
Pinot Grigio
With powerful, crisp flavors of honey and citrus, this is hardly a wimpy white. Pinot Grigio is a clone of that infamous Pinot Noir grape. Marked by a delicate gray tint to the light purple skins, it produces a rich honeyed, spicy, and nutty wine, with fruit-forward elements of pineapple, apple, ripe pear and creamy lemon. This wine works equally well as an aperitif or as a perfect match for quiche with a butter lettuce salad, herb-crusted halibut or a warm chicken citrus salad.
Moscato
This grape has more nom de plumes and appearances than a secret agent, but here at Jacuzzi, we call it Moscato Bianco. Considered to be one of the oldest varietals, it can be dated back to the vines used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Primarily found in the Piemonte region of Italy, it is an extremely difficult grape to grow. The grape produces delicate floral aromas and fruity notes creating a tasty wine that accompanies spicier, more intricate dishes
 
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Pina Asolo Prosecco
Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut is straw yellow in color with light green glints. When it is poured its perlage is persistent with an evanescent froth. Marked by apple, yellow peach and pineapple flavors, the nose is characterized by a perfume of yellow flowers and just-mowed hay. The palate is full, fresh and intense with a lingering finish. This wine is excellent with seafood, hors d’œuvres, and aromatic soups and salads. It is also delicious on its own as an aperitif.
 
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Rosato di Sangiovese
The wine is made from the red grape Sangiovese. It is made as a Blanc de Noir or a “white of a red grape”. The light salmon color of the wine comes from the extraction of pigment from the skins. This color pick-up takes place during the gentle crushing and pressing of the grapes which happens before fermentation begins. We ferment the juice slowly at cold temperatures to preserve the bright fruit flavors and stop the fermentation just before the wine is completely dry.
 
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Aleatico
A red-skinned member of the Muscat family, Aleatico can often be found in decadent, cult wines, or be used as a light yet powerful dessert wine. Our Aleatico is fresh and fruity with a floral-licorice character. Aleatico is a delectable aperitif wine, exquisitely matching with creamy, soft cheeses, such as Camembert and Brie, and also with fruit tarts and chocolate cake. 
Aglianico
Aglianico is ancient variety that was thought to have been planted in Southern Italy in Campania and Basilicata in the seventh century B.C. The name is derived from “Hellinica” which means “Greek” providing a clue to its origins. Aglianico’s rich blackberry flavors are intertwined with savory notes of coffee, wild mushrooms and figs finishing with moderate tannins.
Barbera
Truly a versatile grape, it can yield tart young grapes, or powerful and serious fruit; it is dependent on the grower and the wine’s production. Barbera is one of the most planted grapes in Italy, and is integral to the California wine production. Barbera is a red wine grape that imparts deep vibrant, ruby color. With a hint a tobacco, this wine contains distinctive aromas of raspberries and cherries that harmonize with its bright acidity. While best paired with a meat dish or pasta, it can also be enjoyed on its own. 
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is all things remarkable about red wine: resilient, flavorful, welcoming, and powerful. One of the most popular and widely recognized grape varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon is hardly a stranger to California. If Pinot Noir is the disobedient child, then Cabernet Sauvignon is the ever serving solider. It is fairly easy to cultivate as it is thick skinned and resistant to harsh weather, thus contributing to its global popularity. It’s best to let this grape stand alone. It doesn’t blend well, preferring to remain the powerful grape in the bottle. Even though it doesn’t like other grapes, it does interact well with oak, and our Jacuzzi Family Vineyards' Cabernet Sauvignon displays concentrated bright blackberry and herb flavors with a hint of vanilla followed by generous tannins. 
Dolcetto
So dark and rich, it’s not just a red grape, it’s black. Dolcetto’s name translates as the “little sweet one”, and with complex flavors of vanilla, blackberries, plums and tobacco, it’s easy to see why this wine has become an important part of our collection. Because of its complex flavors, it’s best to minimize the tannins and the let the bright effervescence of this wine shine through. The Dolcetto vineyards are located on a hillside at a high elevation, in the Knights Valley appellation.  This AVA straddles the northern Napa-Sonoma County line. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 11 months. This is a great wine to pair with succulent tomatoes or barbeque. 
Lagrein
A fairly delicate wine, with light tannins, it is best when made for a wine that can be enjoyed right away. Another rare grape, Lagrein is native to northern Italy and ours is grown in the shadow of Black Mountain at French Camp vineyards in Paso Robles. The vineyard is astonishingly dry, receiving less than 11 inches of rain per year and plenty of cool air due to its proximity to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Even though it doesn’t overwhelm your palate with sharp tannins, this is still a bold, intricate, spicy, and meaty varietal, with just a hint of chocolate. 
Merlot
While the grape originated in France, Merlot is uniquely popular in America, and has enjoyed a huge market of success.  What makes Merlot so popular can also be perceived as its hindrance; it is a flexible and easily manipulated red grape that takes on characteristics given to it by the winemaker. Essentially, this is the grower’s wine, using Merlot as a blank canvas that easily shows the maker’s artistic tendencies. When care is taken, such as done with our Merlot grapes, is can produce a delicious, elegant red wine. Planted in a vineyard in Petaluma, its cool growing conditions contribute to the elegant herbal and berry flavors. Furthermore, gentle handling from the vineyard throughout the fermentation process, and 18 months of barrel aging allows the grape’s complex layers of and silky tannins to shine through.
Nero d'Avola
This Sicilian grape is dichotomous in nature, as it is both delicate and robust, producing a wine marked by tantalizing and compelling aromas. This is a fairly rare varietal for California since it requires a hotter climate; however, it remains an important part of Italy’s wine industry and is hurriedly growing in popularity and fashion. Strong notes of strawberries, black pepper and mushrooms make this an extraordinary red wine grape. It has extremely good aging potential for a New World grape, and since it is a traditional Italian wine, enjoy it with the quintessential spaghetti and meatballs or pork.
Pinot Noir
Currently experiencing resurgence and a powerful popularity, it still holds true to being known as the “heartbreak grape.” It is a temperamental, thin skinned red grape, highly influenced by the terroir. Our Pinot Noir is planted on our home ranch in the Sonoma Carneros appellation. This cool growing and weather stable region equates to longer hang-time, which makes for more complex and richly flavored grapes. Aromas of ripe red cherries, raspberries, and strawberries are prominent in this elegant and decadent wine.
Primitivo
The linebacker of our varietals, it produces big and bold wines equal to that of a Zinfandel. Our Primitivo vineyards are planted in porous volcanic rock on a steep hillside, giving the wine a unique terroir. Just like the warming touch by a mother to her child, the nurturing summer heat ripens Primitivo just at the right time, retaining its bright acidity. The wine has a rich, deep ruby color and is marked by its powerful cherry character and earthier truffle nuances. Aged in French and American oak, Primitivo gives a velvety mouth feel. Unlike a lot of grapes, Primitivo has a remarkable ability to work with a plethora of dishes, ranging from a light tomato pasta sauce to a roasted quail. It not only pairs with a meal, it elevates it.
Sagrantino
The mysterious dark red, almost black Sagrantino belongs only to the region of Umbria, Italy of which there are only 250 acres planted. Some think it is related to Greek varietals, others insist its heritage is linked to France. The wine often exhibits flavors of blackberry jam, pine, and a contrast between savory and sweet. Sagrantino is rich and tannic wine with tremendous aging potential.
Sangiovese
This is a red wine grape that primarily is famous for its role in Chiantis. Its name is derived from sanguis Jovis, or “the blood of Jove", and it is truly deserving of such a royal title. Another sensitive grape, it requires meticulous care and attention, if one hopes to produce a wine worthy of its illustrious namesake. Our Sangiovese contains hedonistic raspberry, cherry, and pepper flavors, in addition to being aged for 14 months in French oak. Heralded for it chewy tannins and complex finish, Sangiovese is a great wine without the aid of food, but is an excellent companion to game meats and heavier dishes.
Montepulciano
Very few acres of Montepulciano exist in California. Hailing originally from Abruzzo in central Italy, we were lucky to find a meticulous farmer with an eye for unusual varieties in Tracy Hills. The soil in his vineyards is high in gravel content which is designated as a “mineral resource zone” by the US Geological Service. Deficit irrigation is utilized to grow grapes in this vineyard.
Nebbiolo
Grown primarily in the Piemonte region of Italy, Nebbiolo is often expressed as Barolo and Barbaresco. Grapes for this wine come from our Carneros estate, Sonoma Coast and Oakley vineyards. The Sonoma Coast and Carneros vineyards are blanketed with morning fog and experience a long, cool growing season. Soils are well-drained Franciscan clay-loam. The Oakley vineyard is planted in sand-soil along the delta of the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. Warm days and cool nights produce robust, intensely-flavored fruit.
 
- RED BLENDS -
Valeriano
The Carneros Estate ranch, home to all the grapes that made this wine, is cooled by its proximity to San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This extends the ripening time of the grapes, allowing them to retain their acid levels and herbal character lending this wine its brightness and
structure.
La Dolce Vigne
Merlot grapes for this blend come from our Sonoma Coast vineyards, lending berry flavors and a green olive note to the wine. Aleatico grapes come from a single vineyard in the middle of Sonoma Valley, and add floral aromas to the blend. Our Lagrein comes from Paso Robles, where the vines grow in the shadow of Black Mountain. The addition of Lagrein adds deep color and body to the blend. Vineyards in the Tracy Hills produce the Sagrantino for the blend, adding sweet plum flavors.
 
- DESSERT WINE -
Late Harvest Aleatico
This may be one of the world’s rarest wines. It is reported that there are only 12 acres of DOC (denomination controlled) Aleatico grapes in Puglia, Italy. There is a very small minor patch of Aleatico in the Gradoli district of Lazio. We know of four acres here in California. In short, less than 20 acres exist worldwide. Aleatico is almost always made in a dessert style and this vintage we have made it as such. 
 
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