(Archive) G S M Blend 2018 Dry Creek Valley
Classic Rhône Blend
Tasting Notes: Pleasant fruit, and cedar aromas. Cherry, blackberry, cassis, strawberry, dried flowers-potpourri, raspberry and plum. Mushroom, earth, oak and leather. Has a fruity freshness that finishes smooth and dry. Compelling complex depth of favors.
The Grapes: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, all grown in Dry Creek Valley. Blended to make a wine that speaks of this place. 60% Grenache 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre.
The Vineyards: All hillside grapes grown in the Dry Creek Valley.
Grenache. Small rocky terraced section of Conley Vineyard that is high on the hill above the Frick tasting room. This vineyard was carved out of a dry cliff side. Vines are widely spaced and naturally low yield.
Syrah & Mourvedre grow in Frick's Estate Owl Hill Vineyard; This small vineyard’s ground is rock, gravel and clay from decomposed Dry Creek Conglomerate. In this dirt the vines have low vigor so they produce a limited crop with distinctive, full, classic, earthy Northern Rhone character.
The Wine: GSM is a popular Rhone blend for the new world. It is patterned after Chateauneuf-du-Pape. My version is the classic combination of varieties that are all grown in the same micro climate of Dry Creek Valley. Flavors harmonize in a delicious delightful way like The 3 Tenors.
Drink now to 2027. Only 110 cases made.
Serve with: prime New York steak, braised short ribs, grilled eggplant wedges, rigatoni with pork ragout, oxtail soup, mushroom-carrot-potato stew, roast leg of lamb, leek and potato soup, minestrone, liverwurst spread on warm toast