Vina Cardinal NM
A pale pink, slightly off-dry and lovely fortified aperitif wine. The bouquet is of white roses, white peaches and melon. Luxuriously flavored and textured with a long finish showing hints of limestone, peaches and white pepper. Viña Cardinal is Vara’s tribute to the heritage of the first wine-making in the USA. Made entirely from New Mexico grown heirloom Listán Prieto grapes, the wine was pressed and fermented off the skins. Prior to finishing completely dry, we stopped the fermentation by fortifying with grape spirits (brandy) to 17% alcohol by volume.
This slightly off-dry light and lovely aperitif wine is best enjoyed prior to any meal with or without an accompanying appetizer. We like to share it in the afternoon with a friend and a dish of New Mexico pistachios. Pairs wonderfully with anchovy stuffed Spanish olives, lightly breaded and flash fried. Serve well chilled.
Varietal: 100% Listán Prieto
Wine Type: Aperitif
Appellation: New Mexico