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Mele on Maui

Made on Maui from a blend of Maui grown and California sourced grapes.  Not made every harvest year. 

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It had been a while since I last visited Maui Wine… in fact, probably a decade, however, at the close of covid they were pivoting like most other successful businesses by  promoting a different format which included outdoor seating and tasting flights?  How could I resist?  My first re-visit was with a friend that had moved off island a while back, but returned for a little R&R.  We took a day and cruised Haleakala Highway and eventually showed up for our late afternoon reservation.  What a treat the short but sturdy menu was.  Just the essentials, in just the right way.  Same with the wine flights.  At that time, only 3 to choose from;  we did all three and each delivered it’s own special blend of Magic.  The showstopper was the red blend appropriately named,  “Mele.” A true  surprise and a delight to the palate and to the pocketbook it’s official name includes, Ulupalakua Red Wine.  So happy that we now have a wine made on Maui that we can bring to parties and folks will actually drink it.  If they don’t, more for us, they don’t know what they’re missing out on.  
Here’s what the winemaker had to say: 

Easy drinking, but with interest, and very food-friendly. Beginning from a partnership with growers in California, and on occasion blended with our estate-grown fruit.

The beauty is in the art of blending… An often-underrated aspect of the winemaking process, skilled blending is what separates a simple red wine and a wine that is layered in character and balanced to perfection. The ability to take attributes from different varietals and growing regions and accentuate each of them in a single wine is an art form. Mele stylistically is a young, juicy red wine with subtle oak influences.

A medium-bodied, juicy red that leads with bright red berries, but is quickly followed with more complex flavors of baking spice, dried oregano, marjoram, and eucalyptus. This wine was crafted to pair with foods like barbecue pork ribs, lamb gyro, pasta marinara, and tri-tip with chimichurri. While this wine is dry, it is perfectly suited to drink on its own.

13.5% abv.

 

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Where to Buy on Maui?  Sold at most grocery and liquor stores including convenience stores like ABC and specialty liquor stores like Discount Liquor, Tamuras and Wailea Wine.  Of course, always available at Maui Wine, the source of it’s deliciousness. 

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