GRENACHE 2016 Dry Creek Valley
A story of steep rocky hillsides in every bottle.
Tasting Notes: Meaty aromas, bay laurel, floral & herb potpourri, cranberry, pomegranate, thyme, Santa Rosa plum, forest strawberry, raspberry, bay leaf. Red fruit finish.
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The Grape: Grenache produces great wines when production is kept low. The challenge is controlling the naturally high yields of the grape. Growing on a hilltop in rock and gravel, and judicious thinning of fruit clusters is how we do it. Grenache clusters are big and multi-winged with medium sized lightly pigmented berries. It is a flavorful grape
The Vineyard: A rugged and wild 2 acres at the top of the hill above the Frick tasting house. Rocky Terrace Vineyard. It was daringly carved out of a rocky cliff in 1997 by my neighbor Chris Conley driving his trusty D-3. In this sunny, rocky location the vines work hard to produce a small number of wonderfully flavored grapes. In addition the crop is heavily thinned to only the best clusters. Frick Grenache enjoys the advantage of this special dedicated winegrowing.
The Wine: A deep earthy Grenache with complex flavors. Leans toward the savory side of fruit. Unfiltered with a great subtle direction reminiscent of wines growing in rock and allowed to show their refined flavors. Drink now to 2025. Only 172 cases made.
Serve with: vegetable soup, duck confit, tomato and mushroom sandwich with alfalfa sprouts, sheep cheese, pork tenderloin roasted with fruit, pot roast, duck pate’, chicken breast supreme, roast pheasant, sausage pizza