Working with Grenache has been a fun learning process for me since 2011. I find that it ‘plays well’ with Syrah as a red and a pink wine. In some vintages, such as 2013 it is perfect alone as a red wine. 2012 welcomed a substantial amount of Syrah, while this 2014 was spot-on with a very modest amount. I love the interplay of perfumes that these varieties have. In fact, it seems that just a slight touch of Syrah can sometimes accentuate the perfumes already in the pure Grenache. Here is a fine example of this. Another example of their interplay at more equivalent proportions is our ‘Huntsman’ blend – 2013 will be released later this year.
The first couple of vintages of our Grenache have been very well received. Honestly, I have a hard time picking a favorite. Considering what kind of food will accompany the wine is really what pushes the decision as to which vintage to reach for. As a stand-alone, the 2014 is difficult to pass by. Fresh red and Maraschino cherries, warm boysenberry aromas are really enticing. The mouth is greeted with a warm embrace of richness that curls over and reveals the substantial structure and dark fruit characteristics like a gently curling ocean wave. This wine should age a very long time if you can bury it.