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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 is home to both Buena Vista winery, California's oldest commercial winery, and Gundlach Bundschu winery, California's oldest family-run winery.

It is also one of the more geologically and climactically diverse districts. The valley includes and overlaps four distinct Sonoma County sub-appellations, including Carneros, Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Mountain and Bennett Valley. With mountains, benchlands, plains, abundant sunshine and the cooling effects of the nearby Pacific, this appellation can successfully produce a wide range of grape varieties. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, and most notably, Zinfandel all thrive here. Ancient Zinfandel vines over 100 years old produce small crops of concentrated, spicy fruit, which in turn make some of the Valley's most unique wines. These can also be made as “field blends” (wines made from a mix of grape varieties grown in the same vineyard) along with Petite Sirah, Carignan and Alicante Bouschet.

Grenache

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Enjoying great glory across a variety of appellations, Grenache thrives in any warm, Mediterranean climate where ample sunlight allows its clusters to achieve full phenolic ripeness. The grape typically produces full-bodied reds interestingly light in both color and tannins. While it can make a charmingly complex single varietal wine, it also lends well to blending. Grenache's birthplace is Spain (there called Garnacha) where it remains important, particularly in Priorat where winemakers enjoy great liberties in blending Grenache with other varieties. Today it might be most well associated with the red blends of the Southern Rhône, namely Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and its Villages. The Italian island of Sardinia produces bold, rustic Grenache (there called Cannonau) whereas in California, Washington and Australia, Grenache has achieved popularity both flying solo and in blends.

In the Glass

In sufficiently warm conditions, Grenache produces smooth and generous wines that are loaded with strawberry, cherry blackberry, purple plum and in the richest examples, even cocoa, black tea or 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. Because of its friendly nature, Grenache is the ultimate barbecue red, pairing happily with lamb chops, pork loin or tri-tip. Unlike most other full-bodied reds, Grenache’s low tannin level ensures that it will not easily be fazed by a bit of spice.

Sommelier Secret

Sardinia is often revered for its association with a long and healthy life. Residents of the Italian island often live well into their 90s and beyond, crediting this to their antioxidant-rich red wines, like Cannonau, along with their healthy Mediterranean diet.

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