Commemorative Livermore Wine for the Amgen Tour First Street Wine company has teamed up with Cuda Ridge Wines to produce and distribute a commemorative wine for the Livermore Stage of the Amgen Tour of the California Bicycle Race. Livermore is hosting the Stage 4 Start of the Amgen Tour of California on May 18th. First Street Wine Company, and Cuda Ridge Wines, thought that it would be fun to make a wine in celebration of the Amgen Tour coming back to Livermore. Linda Allen, of First Street Wine Company, came up with the naming of the wine, "The Tour", and the concept of using the Livermore Amgen poster image for the front label. Cuda Ridge went to work to produce a Bordeaux style blend specifically for this special editionwine. Winemaker, Larry Dino, describes this wine as a Saint-Emilion Style wine. Saint-Emilion is one of the important wine regions of Bordeaux and the primary grape varietals grown in this region are Merlot and Cabernet Franc. "The Tour" blend consists of 49% Merlot, 49% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Petit Verdot. Mike Allen, from First Street Wine Company, participated with the Cuda Ridge blending team on the final blend of The Tour. The Tour is a 2009vintage using 100% Livermore Valley fruit and was barrel aged for 17 months in French Oak. Larry describes this wine as a perfect melding of the Cabernet Franc that has soft fruit with spice and earthiness; and the Merlot that has rich fruit characteristics. These two varietals from 2009 complement each other very well to provide a well balanced, complex blend with well structured tannins and a boldness on the long lasting finish. First Street Wine Company is the sole retail store selling this Special Edition Wine, the wine can also be purchased at Cuda Ridge Winery. The Tour is currently on sale at both locations, come pick up a bottle while supplies last!
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