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Lasseter Family Winery 2008 Amoureux - Review

Sonoma Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week February 13, 2012

A bottle of Lasseter Family Winery 2008 Amoureux, our wine of the week

Lasseter Family Winery
2008 Amoureux

Sonoma Valley, CA

In 1992, John and Nancy Lasseter started their relationship with California's wine industry as members of an amateur winemaking group. Ten years later, they purchased their very own winery and began the Lasseter Family label. Today, three generations of Lasseters work for the wine company to produce a variety of wines including a rosé blend, a Rhone-inspired red blend, a Bordeaux-inspired red blend and Amoureux, a Malbec-based blend. An alluring choice for a candlelit dinner, Amoureux is a nod to John and Nancy's love affair with Malbec (thus the romantic name). The 2008 is blended from a base of Malbec with 26 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 per cent Merlot and 3 per cent Cabernet Franc. On the nose it offers ripe aromas of blueberries, blackberries and currants with just a whiff of baking spice. Tightly structured, its flavors are a balance between feminine berry and floral notes and more masculine notes of clove, nutmeg and forest floor. Full-bodied and plush, it lingers long with enticing vanilla and oak. Try it with venison loin or filet mignon. It would also work well with a rack of lamb in blueberry sauce. Vegetarians should try the wine with a rich stew or wild mushroom risotto.

Rating: 14.5/20

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