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Aug 6, 2006 06:50 AM

Más Wine Company Keg - First Release

At a reception tonight, the most delicious red wine was tapped from a 3.85-gallon German-engineered, stainless steel *KEG*. Launched three and a half weeks ago, initial distribution is limited to Northern California, so I'm posting about Más Wine Company's 2004 Tuscan-style red, VINO, on this board.

A blend of 56% Mendocino County Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Napa Sangiovese, plus a smattering of other red grape varieties, this red shows much more finesse and breed than any of the bag-in-box reds I've tried to date. Beautiful red currant and cherry nose, an intense mid-palate with bouncy red fruit, a faint oak spice tone, juicy acidity and soft tannin, and carrying through to a medium-long finish and chocolatey aftertaste. The wine weighs in at 14.5% alcohol, yet is medium-bodied and feels very lively and refreshing in the mouth. It's quite approachable and quaffable now, and a pleasure to drink. Served with a Washington State cheese that reminded me of Chimay, it was my favorite red of a couple dozen sampled tonight and the most food-friendly of the lot on this warm evening.

The Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa offers the keg at retail for $165, plus a refundable deposit for the keg and tap. The keg holds 19.4 - 750ml bottles, which comes out to about $8.50 per bottle. The quality of the wine is equivalent to bottled wines more than twice the price. The company says that the nitrogen cartridge in the keg will keep the wine fresh for 60 days. I was told the full keg weighs about 45 pounds.

Mas Vino would be a terrific party wine. And, it's sure to be a hit for restaurants and bars.

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Restaurants and bars that serve Mas Vino -

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  1. Last weekend I dropped by a party where the drinks included a couple kegs of Mas Vino, both the red and the new white. The white is very good, 2006 all Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp balance, very refreshing on the palate with an attractive blend of citrus, grassiness, and a bit of tropical fruit. Love the aggressive nose. If you're a fan of Voss, Mason, or St. Supery's style, you'll like this. The Mas Vino guys told me that the wines are in 100 restaurants in Northern California.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      I had a quartino (250 ml) of the red a couple of days ago with lunch at Bovolo in Healdsburg. I was a little apprehensive when they took it from what at first glance appeared to be a coffee urn, but I realized after one sip that there must have been a nitrogen system inside. At $5 it was sized and priced right, and a suitable accompaniment to my antipasti plate. --PR

      1. re: Prabhakar Ragde

        Thanks for the independent corroboration! The current release of the red blend has some Petite Sirah in it so it's richer and deeper than the first release.

        The Mas Vino guys said that the white keg I sampled from had been tapped 2 1/2 weeks earllier. Amazingly fresh on the palate and nose, I'm a believer!

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Great to see you Melanie, hopefully we'll have longer to chat next time.

          1. re: Grubbjunkie

            Ha! Always fun to discover that my off-line eating companions are chow posters. Thanks for the kalua pig and the effort to dig that imu pit and mess with those 180 lbs. To bring it back to the wine, I found the white more refreshing on a hot day and smoothed over the one bite of very salty pineapple from the middle of the pig. The red was good too with it too, but not so welcome in the swelter.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              reviving this thread....i saw there's another company making wine in a keg. has anyone tried it?


    2. I always smile in appreciation when I read your wine-tasting notes, Melanie. This is such an interesting writeup, and I'll try to seek out this wine. I love easy-drinking quaffers and wish they were more easily found.

      Alas, just alerted to check the date. I am late to the party!

      1. Sorry to say that they're out of business. From their twitter feed 11 Sep 12, "After much consideration we are sorry to say we have decided to close MÁS Wine Company.".