Wines That Rock Grateful Dead Red Blend 2009
About the Blend:
Wines That Rock, The Official Wine of Rock 'n Roll is all about pairing wine & music. With the Grateful Dead echoing in the cellar, our winemaker crafted this red wine blend from premium Mendocino County fruit, blending a one-of-a-kind wine with Rock 'n Roll mythology.
To capture the essence of the live energy of the Grateful Dead's Steal Your Face, Winemaker Mark Beaman chose to meld several varieties into one. Just as the band members would segue through various musical styles, this wines far reaching flavors melt seamlessly from one to the next, blending Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel & Grenache. In honor of the band's famous improvisational concerts that have brought joy to so many, this wine celebrates Mendocino County's bounty of diversity and freedom of experimentation.
Blend: 73.5 Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 7.5% Zinfandel & 7% Grenache
About the Producers
Mendocino Wine Co. is dedicated to responsible land stewardship, sustainable viticulture and green business practices that yield superior wines while protecting the environment and supporting local farmers. These goals are reflected in the winery's E3 action plan: "...environmental responsibility, economic viability and social equity." Envisioning the wine industry as a model for all of agriculture, the partners lead by example. The award-winning brands produced by the winery include: Parducci Wine Cellars, Paul Dolan Vineyards and now Wines That Rock. In the spring of 2007, Mendocino Wine Co. became the first winery in the United States to achieve carbon neutral status. In recognition of their leadership, the State of California has twice (2007 & 2009) awarded Mendocino Wine Co. with the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California's highest environmental honor.
Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.
Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.