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"Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath, and a glass of wine."
That's a real quote from St. Thomas Aquinas, sounding less like a titan of medieval scholasticism and theology and more like a fun-loving Italian bon vivant. We're sure he would approve of the 2009 Aquinas Philosopher's Blend in the sorrow-alleviation department. As artful as his justifications of faith and as robust as the pen that produced over a hundred works, this reserve red has inspired us to re-translate some of the great man's works to tease out their wine-tinted nuances. Behold:
"A man has free choice so long as he rationally chooses great wines at great prices."
"Faith has to do with things that are not seen. Hope has to do with things that are not at hand. But when it comes to wine, give me something I can taste, know what I'm saying?"
"Love takes up where knowledge leaves off, especially after a few glasses of wine with the right person."
"Wonder is the desire for knowledge. Or wine. Either way."
2009 Aquinas Philosopher’s Blend Reserve Red Wine, Napa Valley 750ml 3-Pack
Crafted only in years when our Napa Valley fruit is deemed exceptional, Philosopher's Blend is the ultimate Aquinas wine. For the 2009 vintage, Cabernet Sauvignon was artfully blended with small amounts of Merlot and Petite Sirah, and barrel aged for 36 months. The wine opens with concentrated notes of boysenberry and dried currant complemented by cedary cigar box notes imparted by 100% French Oak. Flavors of black raspberry, dried cherry and cassis dominate with hints of dark chocolate and espresso rounding out the palate. This full-bodied Napa Valley wine exhibits a nuanced balancing of structure and grace, depth and complexity.
Appellation: Bordered by two mountain ranges, the valley stretches approximately 30 miles North to South, one mile East to West at its narrow Northern end and five miles at its widest point near the town of Napa. Its maritime climate—warm days and cool nights—coupled with deep yet not excessively fertile soils makes it ideally suited for the cultivation of premium grapes. The first grapes were planted here in 1838, and today Napa accounts for 4% of California's total wine production, focusing primarily on the top-end of the wine market.
Vintage: The 2009 vintage in Napa Valley enjoyed near ideal growing conditions for much of the season, until some early season storms hit the valley in mid-October. For the most part the vines didn't experience much in the way of stress, with no real heat spikes or radical temperature swings to speak of. Grapes enjoyed extended hang-time without becoming overripe developing balanced sugars and acidity levels. Wines from this vintage should be characterized by forward, bright fruit with pure varietal character.
Mark from Don & Sons with an informative voicemail about this beautiful vintage of Philosopher's Blend.
Winery Retail Price: $105.00
Average Shipping: $25.00
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Total MSRP: $125.00
Aquinas wines are named for St. Thomas Aquinas, the seminal 13th century Italian priest, theologian and philosopher who dedicated his life to reconciling reason and faith. Just as he challenged the assumptions of his world, we are challenging the assumptions within ours.
Aquinas wines are born from our belief that sophisticated, luxurious wines from pre-eminent appellations should be within the reach of all. We meticulously scour Napa Valley, leveraging generations of deep relationships to find the perfect fruit. Then, we pull upon decades of award-winning winemaking—itself an inherent blend of science and mysticism—to create wines that transcend their temporal origins.
Despite their accessibility, or perhaps because of it, Aquinas wines have been well-received by critics across the country. A string of gold and silver medals has served to further underscore the faith we hold in our founding convictions.
Philosophy: Aquinas wines were born from our conviction that good wine—one of life's simple pleasures—should be easily accessible to all. In championing this philosophy we didn't take the easy route. We headed straight for the esteemed Napa Valley, where we began crafting luxurious wines that would be priced within reach of most wine drinkers. Aquinas wines are named in tribute of St. Thomas Aquinas, a revolutionary philosopher of the 13th century who used scientific methods to try to prove the existence of a "higher being." Just as St. Thomas sought to question the assumptions of his world, we seek to challenge the assumptions of ours.
Varietal Red Wine Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 6% Petite Sirah Appellation: Napa Valley
Winemaker: Greg Kitchens
Don Sebastiani & Sons
Don, Donny, & August Sebastiani
The Don & Sons Winemaking Process
At Don Sebastiani & Sons, we strive to produce quality wine at an approachable price, regardless of the outcome of a particular growing season. Our winemaker Greg Kitchens works to create great wines that our customers identify as a reliable purchase. Kitchens has developed a distinctive character for each one of our brands. Each wine's individual profile evolves with changes in established vineyard relationships, available fruit and flavor trends in the industry. Our winemaking approach at Don Sebastiani & Sons is to consistently create noteworthy wines in a style which is recognizably our own.
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