Our Wine of the Month for February is an exclusive sweet wine that was first released back in 2004 — Natalie's Nectar.
Learn more about this delicious dessert wine below!
This wonderfully sweet wine was first released back in 2004 and marked the first winemaking collaboration between father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie. This was also Latah Creek’s first venture into the world of red dessert wines. During a trip to Italy the year before, Ellena and Mike discovered the marvelous Recioto wines of Northern Italy and it was decided right then that a similar wine was needed at Latah Creek. So upon their return, Natalie and Mike made plans for producing the “Porto-styled” wine, without the added alcohol, from the upcoming 2003 harvest. After fermentation they took 6 barrels of their 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon and blended it with unfermented Cabernet juice held back. It was exactly what they were looking for. Because of this wine’s limited production and reserve quality, it is now part of the Monarch Series Reserve Reds line-up.
Mike and Natalie have used Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Syrah over the years for their Natalie’s Nectar. They both agreed that Syrah is their favorite wine to use when creating this wine. The deep color and flavors that Syrahs have are able to withstand the residual sugar the juice brings. The base wine spends 16 months in French and American Oak. This is a small-lot wine, with only 7 barrels produced.
Alc.: 12.5% | RS: 10%
Bottled: June 23, 2013 | 165 cases | Released: November 2013
Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes
The aroma in the glass brings the sensation of pepper while bright berries and plums linger in your mouth long after the wine has been swallowed.
ELLENA'S RECOMMENDED RECIPES
Main Dish: Quick and Easy Chicken Fajitas (maroon colored recipe)
Main Dish: Steak Au Poivre with Natalie’s Nectar Cream Sauce (maroon colored recipe)
Breakfast: Venetian Biscotti (maroon colored recipe)
Dessert: Tri-Berry Cobbler (maroon colored recipe)
Dessert: Strong Cheeses with Apples and Pears Plate (not in cookbook)