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Lost Blues Good Fences 2013

Rhone Red Blends from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
  • RP91
16.1% ABV
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A fabulous wine from the Bien Nacido and Murmur vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, the 2013 Good Fences (60% Syrah and 40% Grenache) offers pretty, elegant, medium-bodied aromas and flavors of olive, blackberries, smoked herbs and a kiss of bacon fat. Supple, beautifully textured and already hard to resist, drink it anytime through 2021.
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Lost Blues, Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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I began working with wine as a teenager at Meridian Vineyards as a seasonal laborer. I operated the crushpad, dumping truckloads of fruit all day long with a 7-ton hoist and pulley. It was about the coolest thing I had ever done. I was instantly hooked, both on wine and the work involved in making it. I stayed there for a few years, learning everything I could, operating every piece of equipment, and gaining a true love for forklifts. I then went on to work for a few smaller wine producers, continuing to learn on the job and constantly furthering my wine education through drinking, reading, and taking classes and seminars.

Many harvests and wineries later, I crossed paths with Russell From of Herman Story Wines and we became friends. In 2011 I began working for him, and am now his Assistant Winemaker. Working for Russell and being a part of Herman Story helped me realize that my dream of making my own wines was attainable. And in 2012 Lost Blues was born.

-Gio Grandinetti

Santa Maria Valley

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A lesser-known but elite AVA within the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley AVA runs precisely west to east starting near the coast. The valley funnels cool, Pacific Ocean air to the vineyards more inland, allowing grapes a longer hang time to ripen evenly and achieve their full potential by harvest time. Combined with minimal rainfall, consistent warm sunshine, and well-drained soils, it is an ideal environment for grape growing.

Many of the wineries here are small and highly respected, having established a reputation in the 1970s and 80s for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. More recently, Syrah has also proven quite successful in the region. Many vineyards are owned by growers who sell their grapes to other wineries, so it is common to see the same vineyard name on bottlings from different wineries. Bien Nacido Vineyard is perhaps the best-known and most prestigious.

Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rhône blends originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Grenache, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre typically form the base of the blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in Priorat, Washington, Australia and California.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit and a plush texture. Syrah supplies dark fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy and earthy notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume and earthy flavor as well as structure and a healthy dose of color. New World examples tend to be fruit-forward in style, while those from the Old World will often have more earth, structure and herbal components on top of ripe red and blue fruit.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. These can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes, playing equally well with beef, pork, lamb or game. Braised beef cheeks, grilled steak or sausages, roasted pork and squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the red Rhône blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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