Wines That Rock Grateful Dead Red Blend 2010
Other Red Blends from North Coast, California
25% aged in seasoned French oak and 75% in redwood uprights for 20 months, Winemaker Mark Beaman's distinctively unique mix of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Grenache tastes of black cherries, peppered back with a velvety vanilla and caramel finish.
About the Blend:
Wines That Rock, The Official Wine of Rock 'n Roll is all about pairing wine & music. With the Grateful Dead echoing in the cellar, our winemaker crafted this red wine blend from premium Mendocino County fruit, blending a one-of-a-kind wine with Rock 'n Roll mythology.
To capture the essence of the live energy of the Grateful Dead's Steal Your Face, Winemaker Mark Beaman chose to meld several varieties into one. Just as the band members would segue through various musical styles, this wines far reaching flavors melt seamlessly from one to the next, blending Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel & Grenache. In honor of the band's famous improvisational concerts that have brought joy to so many, this wine celebrates Mendocino County's bounty of diversity and freedom of experimentation.
Wines That Rock Winery
The founders of Wines That Rock have been at the forefront of bringing Rock 'n Roll to fans for decades. This new project was born out of two great passions, music and wine. The project's goal is the creation of great tasting wines inspired by the spirit of Classic Rock 'n Roll Music, iconic album art for labels, earth friendly production from the grape to the labels and great consumer value. With over 30 years of rock 'n roll experience, Wines That Rock founders intend to use their rock 'n roll expertise to promote, produce and market these one of a kind wines, no differently than they would a World Wide Tour of a major artist.
About the Producers
Mendocino Wine Co. is dedicated to responsible land stewardship, sustainable viticulture and green business practices that yield superior wines while protecting the environment and supporting local farmers. These goals are reflected in the winery's E3 action plan: "...environmental responsibility, economic viability and social equity." Envisioning the wine industry as a model for all of agriculture, the partners lead by example. The award-winning brands produced by the winery include: Parducci Wine Cellars, Paul Dolan Vineyards and now Wines That Rock. In the spring of 2007, Mendocino Wine Co. became the first winery in the United States to achieve carbon neutral status. In recognition of their leadership, the State of California has twice (2007 & 2009) awarded Mendocino Wine Co. with the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California's highest environmental honor.
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About North Coast
Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different – both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
Mendocino has a high amount of organic vintners and vines. The first winery to settle here was Fetzer, which practices organic viticulture and holds some of the most vineyard land in the area. Mendocino has many pockets of micro-climates while Lake County, being smaller in size, is less diverse climactically. As for the grapes, Chardonnay is the most popular in both counties, but there are also some excellent Sauvignon Blancs, particularly in the Lake County. In red wine, Zinfandel leads the way, followed by Rhone Blends and Petite Sirah. The reds in both counties are complex and sumptuous. Anderson Valley is a sub-AVA of Mendicino and is quite well known for its excellent cool climate, producing the delicious Roederer Estate sparkling wines and some wonderful cool-climate Syrah.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.