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Peter Mathis Grenache 2015

Grenache from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
    14.7% ABV
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    14.7% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Flavors and aromas of dried black cherries and fresh blackberries lead on the palate. The usual red fruit notes – raspberry, pomegranate, strawberry – are present, but the dark fruits rule in 2015! Lively, fresh acidity is balanced with sweet fruits and firm, well structured tannins. 

    Blend: 85% Grenache, 9% Carignane, 6% Petite Sirah, and 1% Alicante Bouschet.

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    Peter Mathis

    Peter Mathis

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    Peter Mathis, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Peter Mathis was happily making furniture in Western Massachusetts 25 years ago when he went off the deep end for wine, hecreative juices overflowing to the point where he knew a career change was inevitable.

    By 1990 Peter Mathis had an old school bus packed up and headed west, landing at Ravenswood Winery, where he's worked ever since, first in winemaking and more recently as GM. The wines of the south of France were his true love when he first got interested in the red stuff, and it ultimately became his life's mission to capture the laughably delicious aspect of these Grenache based wines in California.

    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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