The “Tour” Available only at First Street Wine Co.

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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1 Response to The “Tour” Available only at First Street Wine Co.

  1. Larry Dino says:

    I have always wanted to make a St. Emilion style blend (Franc/Merlot based blend) and this was the perfect opportunity to get it a try, and I’m glad I did. The Tour turned out to be an elegant wine with great fruit characteristics and there is a good structure to this wine. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

    Thanks to First Street Wine company in collaborating on this effort!

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