R-Wines Southern Belle 2013 Monastrell Syrah
R-Wines are producers of international branded wines. Rather than the traditional winemaking model of having their own winery and either growing or sourcing grapes; R-Wines custom design wines from a marketing perspective, then outsource the making of such wine to their partners in either France, Spain, Australia or elsewhere.
This bottle of Spanish wine from Murcia, is a 50:50 blend of Monastrell (aka Mourvedre) and Syrah (aka Shiraz), which has then been oak aged in former Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels.
Hugh Ryman of R-Wines explained:
"The idea to use the bourbon barrels came over a dinner years ago that I shared with my buddy Julian Van Winkle at a Southern Foodways Alliance meeting at Blackberry Farm in 2001. It was simply an idea that came up in conversation. Hey, let's do something together. What about putting wine in used Pappy barrels? Okay, I'll send you some. I don't know if you've ever seen old, used bourbon barrels, but they're ugly. When the winemakers first saw the barrels, they flat out refused to put wine anywhere near them. But, eventually they did and the result was not only delicious but magical."
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