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Skylark Grenache 2012

Grenache from Mendocino, California
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Winemaker Notes

Ruby red. Primary aromatics of cherry, mint, violet and bakers chocolate. On the palate, the Grenache shows its rocky soil origins, with creamed black cherry fruit and subtle complexities of Provencal spices. The palate impression is medium-bodied and seductive, with just the right amount of grip on the finish for structure and definition.

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This could easily be mistaken for one of the more delicate old-vine grenache wines coming out of South Australia—that appetizing mélange of tar, herbs, rose and strawberry carried in a texture that’s full bodied yet sunny and silky. It comes from a rocky southwest-facing slope above Ukiah that Charlie Sawyer planted to cabernet in 1999, then grafted over to the Chateau de Beaucastel selection of grenache in 2005. Winemakers (and longtime sommeliers) Robert Perkins and John Lancaster consider it one of the best grenache sites on the North Coast, presenting a wine made without added yeast, new oak, fining or filtration—just remarkably pure grenache.
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Skylark, Mendocino, California
Skylark Wine Company is a collaboration between Boulevard Restaurant Wine Directors John Lancaster and Robert Perkins. John and Robert have run the wine program at the acclaimed Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco for the past twelve years. During their tenure at Boulevard, they have built a close friendship, an inventory of wines from around the globe and a palate of tasting wines of the world from vintage to vintage.

This partnership has created long-term relationships with the entire scope of the wine industry, with winemakers, vineyard managers and owners. With these relationships, their next logical progression was the realization of a dream: making fine wine from select vineyards. While the original plan was simply a barrel, they quickly jumped in with 14 barrels of Syrah from the 2002 Harvest. Skylark Wine Company was formed.

"We strive to produce wines that crystallize our passion within each bottle. Because of our relationships with meticulous and respected grape growers, we have been able to produce wines of distinction and character that represent the best of what Northern California vineyards have to offer. We are proud of Skylark and hope to continue share these wines with family and friends, old and new." Thank you for your support.
John Lancaster and Robert Perkins

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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, "cult" status.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

The cool Anderson Valley in California’s North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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