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Lost Blues High Horse Grenache 2014

Grenache from Central Coast, California
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15.8% ABV
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15.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Stone fruit. Blueberry compote. Anise. Mint. Round tannins with jam and crushed stone.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: There is never a shortage of power when imbibing a Central Coast Grenache, and indeed the 2014 Lost Blues High Horse is a big red. TASTING NOTES: This is an impressive and powerful wine that is well-balanced. Its aromas and flavors of explosive raspberries speak loudly on the palate. Its generosity should pair well with a crisp Porchetta. (Tasted: August 3, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
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Lost Blues

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Lost Blues, 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

Central Coast

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

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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