Latah Creek 2010 Natalie's Nectar
This wonderfully sweet wine was first released back in 2004 and marked the first winemaking collaboration between father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie. This was also Latah Creek’s first venture into the world of red dessert wines. During a trip to Italy the year before, Ellena and Mike discovered the marvelous Recioto wines of Northern Italy and it was decided right then that a similar wine was needed at Latah Creek. So upon their return, Natalie and Mike made plans for producing the “Porto-styled” wine, without the added alcohol, from the upcoming 2003 harvest. After fermentation they took 6 barrels of their 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon and blended it with unfermented Cabernet juice held back. It was exactly what they were looking for. Because of this wine’s limited production and reserve quality, it is now part of the Monarch Series Reserve Reds line-up.
Mike and Natalie have used Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Syrah over the years for their Natalie’s Nectar. They both agreed that Syrah is their favorite wine to use when creating this wine. The deep color and flavors that Syrahs have are able to withstand the residual sugar the juice brings. The base wine spends 16 months in French and American Oak. This is a small-lot wine, with only 7 barrels produced.
The aroma in the glass brings the sensation of pepper while bright berries and plums linger in your mouth long after the wine has been swallowed.
Serve this wine by itself, along side dark chocolate, or with a strong cheese and fruit platter.
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|Aging||18 months in a combination of old and new French and American oak
|Fermentation||full primary and secondary
Silver, Savor NW Wine Awards 2014
Bronze, Great Northwest Wine Competition 2014
Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes