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Alto Pomar, Alto Pomar Vineyard

Alto Pomar, Alto Pomar Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $24.00 per bottle

Description: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, all from Alto Pomar Vineyard in the stony shale hills of the Templeton microclimate, were combined at the crusher in this splendid vineyard blend of small clustered and deeply pigmented Rhône varieties from a small, organic vineyard. The grapes were fermented in small open tops with a Rhône-style yeast to enhance and focus the meaty flavors of the Syrah, and the deep plumminess of the Mourvedre. The wine was then aged for 22 months in French and American barrels to integrate the layers and add a framework of oak. Forest aromas of wild strawberry, oak, pine, humus and violets are followed by flavors of strawberry and cinnamon, with a hint of mace, in this incredibly complex and layered wine

Varietal Definition
Grenache Noir is the world’s most widely planted grape used to make red wine, sometimes made into a stand-alone varietal, frequently as a Rosé, but most often as a backbone of red blends. Its strength is its ability to grow in arid and windy conditions. It’s particularly suited to warm coastal regions of California, Spain and France. Grenache-based wines tend to be high in alcohol, with attractive fruit qualities in youth and a sweet berry character.Used as a component in some Northern Rhône reds, nearly exclusively for Rhône Rosés and as the primary component in nearly all Southern Rhône red blends, Grenache is probably most notable as the base varietal for Chateauneuf du Pape, Cotes du Rhône and Gigondas. In spite of its fame coming from French wines, Spain is most likely this grape’s origin.
As long as the weather is warm, Mourvedre ably tolerates a wide variety of soils. It is popular across the south of France, especially in Provence, where it is responsible for the greatness of Bandol, and many a fine red Cotes-du-Rhone. It is often blended in Chateauneuf-du-Pape; Languedoc makes it as a varietal. Spain uses it in many areas, including Valencia. In the United States, Mourvedre remains a minor factor for now, pursued by a few wineries that specialize in Rhone-style wines. The wine it produces can be quite pleasing, with medium weight, spicy cherry and berry flavors and moderate tannins. It ages well.
Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.


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