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Fidelity 2014 Crazy Creek Estate Red Blend, Alexander Valley, Nick Goldschmidt
Nick Goldschmidt is a rare bird indeed; a superstar winemaker on three different continents starting in New Zealand and ending up in California. And with his years as Chief Winemaker at Simi Vineyards in Sonoma, he knows Alexander Valley like few others. He rates the Crazy Creek Estate where the grapes for this wine are sourced, as one of the top five sites in the region. An amazing value this Meritage-style blend of 82% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petite Verdot, aged 16 months in 15% new French Oak is lush and distinctive with supple cherry, berry and dark chocolate flavors. And this 2014, a drought year vintage that brought intensely flavored, concentrated fruit, has the density and structure to reward short-term aging. A true gift to California wine lovers from Nick Goldschmidt. It's a wine that could easily cost two to three times its modest price. A one time Wine Express Wine of the Year!