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Lone Dove Wines ‘Cuvée Noir’


Winery: My friend Alisia just returned from one of her many trips to the west coast. This time she toured quite a few wineries in the Livermore region. On her visit to the Tesla Vintners Complex, she was blown away by Lone Dove Wines and their outgoing, fun winemaker and co-owner George Natsis. Lone Dove Wines is a fairly new brand, but Natsis has been crafting wines in California since 2002, honing his skills at Omega Cellars in Lodi. With Lone Dove wines he focuses on “Chardonnay, Bordeaux-inspired blends focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Rhone-inspired Syrah sourced from the Natsis Family Estate Vineyards”.

She enjoyed all of George’s wines, with the ‘Cuvée Noir’ being her favourite. She brought it back for me to try, knowing I would absolutely love the fact that it had just been bottled and lacked a label. George graciously wrote a label for her, and it survived the trip back to NY.

Tasting Notes: Inky red-violet in colour [the colour that immediately stains your lips, and it did not disappoint], with vivid aromas of raspberry and strawberry. Super fresh flavours of blueberry, blackberry and raspberry reminiscent of just pressed juice reflect the recently bottled status. An undercurrent of spice, summer woods and whisper soft tannins rounded out each sip, whilst hints of caramel and bitter chocolate linger tantalizing between each sip. Wonderfully fresh and cushiony, it was a fantastic opportunity to enjoy it in its fledgling stage. I will be on the lookout for it on the shelves to track its development.

I could not verify varietal percentages, other then “it has a Petit Verdot foundation”
12% Alcohol

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