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Grenache Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: Usually blended with other Rhone varieties in France, the generous upfront fruit character and complex layering of flavors from the Thompson Vineyatd earns this varietal its own bottling every year. We consistently produce an uncharacteristically well concentrated, rich, ruby red Grenache. The 2000 vintage was an exceptional year for the Thompson Vineyard. Cold soaking the fruit for 36 hours along with a 14 day, open top fermentation expanded the extraction. An 18 month stay in French oak barrels, 25 percent new, toned the fruit character creating a wine of strength and grace. It is very aromatic with a fragrant, spicy nose of ripe raspberries, plums, candied dark cherries, clove, rose hip, mint tea, and an earthy peatiness that carries through to the palate. A mosaic of tannins supports the lively fruit and creates a supple, full body and lingering finish. Serve with herb crusted roast lamb, stuffed pork chops, wild game, or even an oak grilled, medium-rare hamburger.

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.


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