Grenache and Blends
Kick Ranch Vineyard, 2014

$ 48.00$ 100.00

Kick Ranch, in the eastern edge of the Rincon Valley, is becoming known for its Grenache and Syrah wines as well as Petite Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. It is in one of the cooler places that this variety performs well in.

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Winemaker's Notes

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.







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  1. Judi Scherrer

    Purely Domestic Wine ReportMay 2020
    Dusty raspberry and Luxardo cherry, mineral and intense spice. The palate entry is dense, concentrated plum and red currant with umami and textured silkiness with notes of cocoa and tobacco. Drink 2020 – 2027. 92 Points. Doug Wilder

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