It was when I tasted the aromatic, finely structured but refreshing Frappato produced by Azienda Agricola Cos that I first fell for Frappato's charms.
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Oak, especially new oak, can add intense flavours (coconut, vanilla, clove spice) and tannins to a wine, which if used unskilfully, could undesirably mask the fruit.
Pinot Noir is a thin-skinned red grape, capable of producing light-coloured red wines that often feature attractive red fruit flavours, soft tannins and a hint of sweetness.
Rosé is, quite simply, a wine that only has a splash of red colour, and appears to be pink.
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The colour of Rosé can range from pale orange to vibrant pink, depending on the method used to make them.
Responsible for the blush wine craze of the late 1980s, Zinfandel is a near-native grape of California, where at its best, it produces powerfully-constructed, brambly, spicy reds for the most part best drunk young or relatively young.
Arguably the finest white variety from the Valais region of Switzerland, first mentioned in 1602.