The Grenache for this wine is sourced from the Gianelli Vineyard. The Syrah is from the Splinter Vineyard and the Mourvedre from the Dacus Vineyard. All are located in the Sierra Foothills AVA. Each vineyard is perfectly situated to produce the best of each varietal. The Vineyards are all located within 1500 to 3000 feet above Sea Level. The daytime temperatures tend to be between 75 to 85 degrees and evenings are cool, allowing for balanced ripening and flavor development.
The 2014 vintage was phenomenal for the Sierra Foothills and the surrounding grape growing regions in California. The color of the fruit was outstanding, the extractions were fantastic, and the fruit had great character and structure. Additionally, the lack of late-season rain and a long growing season helped ensure optimum fruit maturity.
Mourvedre is a black-skinned variety that ripens late and is difficult and demanding to grow. When grown in the foothills of the Sierras, its bold luscious fruit presents deep, rich, spicy boysenberry with hints of cherry and cinnamon. The Grenache grape tends to be soft and silky, somewhat akin to a top flight Pinot Noir but with more density and palate presence. The Syrah grape, deep purple in color, showcases lavender, violet, cocoa and nutmeg characteristics. The blending together of these component wines by our Winemaker, Eric Lyman, creates a magnificent cuvee.
Beef with red wine, fish with red wine, does it matter? Focus on the sauce and preparation, rather than the choice of protein when choosing your pairing. The Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes tend to be quite versatile to pair with food. The spiciness of the Grenache, the pure red fruit of the Syrah and the fresh attributes and the myriad of different levels of depth and textures from the Mourvedre, enable this blend to pair perfectly with grilled, stewed and braised meats like beef, veal, chicken and game, along with less spicy Latin, Indian and Asian food. This blend will work well with earthy dishes like cassoulet, and it is a good match for less spicy styles of Asian cooking.
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