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Elizabeth Spencer Mendocino Grenache 2013

Grenache from Mendocino, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Ripe, crushed raspberries and strawberries on the nose, with a healthy dose of baked strawberry pie. Plums, lilacs, and rose buds weave in and out of the lively and youthful aroma. The wine is fresh and light on the palate, with an acidity that refreshes and supports the fruit flavors from the front to the back. Juicy plum, raspberry, blood orange zest, and ripe, wild strawberries fill the mid-palate. The finish is crisp and light, with a lingering mineral note.

    This is a wine that is equally welcome at the table for Thanksgiving or on the patio for a summer's evening.

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    Elizabeth Spencer

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    Elizabeth Spencer, Mendocino, California
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    Elizabeth Pressler & Spencer Graham began enjoying wine together in 1992, making wine together in 1997, established the bonded winery, Elizabeth Spencer, in 1998, & began selling these wines together in 2000. Previous to running their own winery, both Elizabeth and Spencer enjoyed long & successful careers in the wine industry.

    Elizabeth & Spencer share a love and respect for wine. We believe that wine should be delicious and representative of its appellation of origin. We make wines to drink—inviting wines that we and our friends (and by extension, our customers) truly enjoy. The model for all of our wines is intensity without excess weight, purity, persistence and length.

    Elizabeth & Spencer are “partners in life and partners in wine.” Our winery is built on the importance of strong relationships–starting with our own dynamic personal and professional bond and extending outward to our network of growers, our talented team of employees, and, ultimately to our customers, those who purchase and enjoy Elizabeth Spencer wines.

    Mendocino

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    A large and diverse appellation within California’s North Coast AVA, Mendocino is home to several smaller sub-regions—most notably the Anderson Valley. This scenic region, with rolling hills covered in redwood forests as well as vineyards, is one of the world’s top producers of certified organically-grown grapes. Due to wide geographical and climatic variation, a vast array of wine styles can be found here.

    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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