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Vasco Urbano Speck Grenache Rose 2014

Viognier from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
    13% ABV
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    13% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Bright, lean and fresh, the Speck Grenache Rose is the perfect pool side pounder for this spring and summer. Opening up with aromatics of fresh tangerine, meyer lemon and other members of the citrus family, the palate follows suit with flavors of Italian Blood orange, under ripe strawberries and the slightest hint of savory tones. This is wine is designed for day drinking on a boat, by the pool, or the perfect wine to start the evening at your friend’s BBQ.

    Made from 100% Grenache.

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    Vasco Urbano Wine Co.

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    Vasco Urbano Wine Co., Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
    In 2009 when Nottingham Cellars came to be, we scheduled a meeting at Casa de Vinas with grower Julio Covarrubias. We were considering producing Cabernet Sauvignon from the vineyard. After a long walk through the Cabernet Sauvignon block, and two bottles of wine, we took a walk over into the Petite Sirah. We were about 3 weeks from harvest and Julio was pushing us to try a couple tons of the Petite. We walked the vineyard, tasting fruit, talking about the Valley. While we were hesitant to not lose track of our Cabernet Sauvignon vision, we agreed that it would be a great wine for our wine club. After all, this Valley has a huge history of growing and producing some of the world’s finest Petite Sirahs. We agreed to take 2 tons, and would use the wine for the wine club, or it would go into a blend. We were absolutely taken back by the Petite Sirah. The next vintage we upped our tonnage to 10 tons. The year after we secured the majority of the vineyard, leaving only a handful of tons to a few small producers. In 2010, inspired by our friend Julio, we secured tonnage of Syrah from the famed Hayes Ranch, Grenache from Marina Ranch, and Mourvedre from Raboli Vineyard in the efforts to make a GSM for our wine club. The wines quickly sold out and grew rapidly in popularity. As we have evolved, we decided the Rhone style wines were worthy of having their own presence and we wanted to make more of the wines available to our customers. With the 2012 vintage, we are pleased to announce the launch of Vasco Urbano Wine Company.

    Livermore Valley

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    A warm sub-appellation of the greater San Francisco Bay AVA (American Viticultural Area), Livermore Valley mainly hides behind the shielding effects of the bay’s eastern hills. However, its west to east orientation makes it unique among northern California wine growing regions. When summer daytime heat rises from the Central Valley to its east, this pulls the cold, foggy, bay air inland. This cooler air permeates the coastal range and creeps into Livermore Valley's foothills. Late afternoon winds cool down summer nights, making this an ideal environment for the development of phenolic ripeness and concentration in its wine grapes.

    Aside from the favorable climate, Livermore Valley's soils of gravel and rocks provide excellent drainage for vineyards.

    The Livermore Valley is one of California's oldest wine regions and has played a crucial role in shaping California's wine industry. Its wine growing history dates back farther than most. Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes in the Livermore Valley as far back as the 1760s. Then in the mid 1800s, a man named Robert Livermore planted the area’s first commercial vineyards. Winemaker pioneer C. H. Wente arrived a few years later; today the Wente Chardonnay clone is the source of a majority of California Chardonnay. Furthermore, James Concannon and the Wetmore brothers recognized the virtues of the area’s Bordeaux-like gravel soils and dedicated themselves to making high quality wine from Bordeaux varieties. Today the area is also known for high quality Petite Sirah.


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    Full-figured and charmingly floral, Viognier is one of the most important white grapes of the northern Rhône, and the only one allowed in Condrieu and neighboring monopole (an entire appellation dedicated to just one winery), Château Grillet. It is also a blending variety in several appellations throughout the entire Rhône Valley. Viognier is grown throughout much of the rest of the wine world with some degree of success. Look for great New World examples from California, Chile, Oregon, Washington and cooler parts of Australia.

    In the Glass

    This is an aromatic variety making rich, complex and full-bodied white wines redolent of a full bouquet of flowers, stone and tropical fruits and a dash of spice. It is lower in acidity than most white wines, lending to its heavy impression on the palate. While a whiff of Viognier might suggest sweet flavors, these wines are typically quite dry.

    Perfect Pairings

    Viognier is an intense, bold variety that can easily stand up to hearty food like pork loin with apricot stuffing, roasted chicken or chicken Kiev.

    Sommelier Secret

    While Viognier is a white grape, it also plays an important role in the red wines of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône. About 5% Viognier is typically co-fermented with the Syrah in order to stabilize the color, and as an added benefit, add a subtle perfume.

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