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CR Graybehl Mathis Vineyard Grenache 2014

Grenache from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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14.6% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Intense and chiseled black fruits, luring scents of kirsch liquer, rose oil, crushed rock, cherry blossoms, cigar box and pink peppercorn, big mouth watering tannins, big nose of pie cherry and lavender, focused with a well-structured palate of pomegranate and deep plum, unbridled richness and exquisite aromatics that fan into a lingering finish. A phenomenal representation of a collectible Grenache Noir.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Grenache Noir Mathis Vineyard, which apparently is from a Sonoma site, is another successful effort. This has a deep ruby/purple tint, a nice sweet kiss of kirsch liqueur, a medium to full body, beautiful purity and no evidence of oak. I like what this winery is doing across the board, and I think they have plenty of potential to go even further.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
This is a full-bodied version of the variety and yet it rides a line of soft texture and floral aromatics that ground it in nice ways. Meaty and fruity in cherry, it finishes thick and rich.
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CR Graybehl Wine Company

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CR Graybehl Wine Company, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
C R Graybehl specializes in Rhone style Grenache made with California Fruit. Painfully hand crafted in tiny lots from the best vineyard sources in California. These wines are made in honor of Cliff Graybehl, even though Cliff was never much of a wine drinker.

Each year a new label is designed that reflects the vintage and the comings and goings of the Graybehl's lives. And just to make things more complicated, they constrain themselves within the parameters of using what they call "the little guy", the faceless, nameless representation of anybody and everybody. He’s adorned every bottle they've ever made. As every year is unique, every label has a story and is a reflection of both the winemaking vintage and their real lives. And as in any project, they spend much time and bandwidth trying to figure it out each spring as they prepare to put the new wines in bottle. They only hope that people can relate and see themselves in whatever their "little guy" is doing this year. Collect them all!

C R Graybehl Wine Company makes very small quantities. It helps make sure that they can pay full attention to all that goes into them. In this spirit their wines are sold through allocation only.

Sonoma Valley

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Perhaps the most historically significant appellation in Sonoma County, the Sonoma Valley AVA was first planted with vines by Franciscan monks in 1823. It was the site of one of California’s first successful commercial wineries, and the region where French oak barrels were first utilized for aging California wines, thus creating the rich and voluptuous style of Chardonnay the state has become known for.

This geologically and climactically diverse district is capable of producing a wide variety of wines, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, and, most notably, Zinfandel, where ancient vines over 100 years old produce small crops of concentrated, spicy fruit. These are commonly produced as “field blends” along with Petite Sirah, Carignan, and other dark-fruited varieties.


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Full-bodied but light in both color and tannin, Grenache loves the sun. It thrives in hot climates where it can easily achieve full ripeness. Grenache is best known in the Southern Rhône, where its plush texture and ample alcohol are tamed by savory Syrah and structured Mourvèdre, most notably in Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Grenache originates in Spain, where it is known as Garnacha and is important throughout the country, particularly in Rioja, where it is blended with the more austere Tempranillo, and in Priorat in tandem with savory Cariñena (Carignan). It is also responsible for dry, fruity rosés in Navarra. In Sardinia, the variety is known as Cannonau and produces bold, rustic reds. In California, Grenache has achieved popularity both flying solo and playing a supporting role in Rhône-style blends.

In the Glass

In sufficiently warm conditions, Grenache produces smooth and generous wines that are loaded with red fruit flavors ranging from strawberry to cherry to dark berry. Richer examples can also show plum, chocolate, and licorice.

Perfect Pairings

Despite its bold flavors, Grenache has very mild-mannered tannins, which makes it eminently quaffable on its own, yet easy to match with food. With its uncomplicated, friendly nature, Grenache is the ultimate barbecue red, pairing happily with lamb loin chops or spicy Italian sausages. Unlike most other full-bodied reds, Grenache’s low tannin level ensures that it will not be fazed by a good chili kick.

Sommelier Secret

Sardinia’s Cannonau is often revered for its association with a long, healthy life. Residents of the Italian island often live well into their 90s and beyond, and they credit this antioxidant-rich wine—along with their healthy Mediterranean diet—for their impressive longevity.

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