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March 14, 2013 | 4:00 PM

WBM writer and long-time winemaker Lance Cutler has handpicked each of the nine wines that will be included in the Red Blends Comparative Tasting of Red Blends at WiVi Central Coast next week. One of those wines is the 2006 Bacio Divino Red Blend from Bacio Divino Cellars in Napa Valley.

From Bacio Divino's website:

In the California custom of working with the new to improve the traditional, I looked to achieve a way of broadening the distinctly majestic flavors and aromas of the king of Napa Valley's varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon. With the 1993 vintage, I was able to determine a blend that married the elegant, yet rich and softly oaked Cabernet Sauvignon with the long and linear tannins and cherry, berry qualities of Sangiovese. To embellish the color and acid levels of the Sangiovese, I added some inimitable Petite Sirah. The resulting wine showed that a whole can be greater than its individual parts. And so...'Bacio Divino,' a divine kiss, was born.

Read the praise the wine has received here.

As mentioned in previous posts, this Red Blends tasting is modeled after Lance's popular Varietal Focus series that appears regularly in Wine Business Monthly. We always wanted to bring our readers into one of these tastings, enabling you to hear the winemakers explain the style of wine they are trying to make and what they do in the vineyard and at the winery to make that style come to life.

Now you can be a part of it. WiVi is next week. Register here.

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