Leading off with red and black currant, this wine moves seamlessly into a fruity bubble gum character after only a few seconds in the glass. Sweet cherries and blackberries are complemented by savory spice and bramble. The palate is medium bodied with fresh cherry and raspberry fruit flavors on the finish.
The California Shenandoah Valley is the oldest growing region in the broader Sierra Foothills Appellation. It is the most western and least elevated of its sister appellations, and warm climate varietals benefit from substantial summer heat. The hilly terrain and poor water holding capacity produce rich, highly structured wines. The soil profile for much of the valley is decomposed granite derived from the Sierra Nevada mountain range, as well as sandy loam. The high iron content gives the soil a rusted color.
This wine is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Petite Sirah. Grapes were destemmed to tank and fermented on the skins for 14 days. We aged this wine in a blend of 25% new French oak, and 75% neutral
oak for 18 months before bottling.
Serve this wine with a Moroccan Tagine Vegetable Stew, your Thanksgiving turkey or a Manchego cheese.