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Source: David Girard Vineyard and Duarte Vineyard, El Dorado County
Harvest Date: Oct 2, 2009 / Oct 10, 2009
Brix at Harvest: 27.5 and 23.5
Time in Barrel: 18 months
Type of Oak:Neutral French & American
Bottled: April 21, 2011
Production: 185 cases
Winemaker's Notes: The Grenache grape is the number one grown grape in California. This classic Southern Rhone wine grape is packed with rich ripe strawberry flavors with a tough of spiciness and a lighter fruit-burst finish. This wine exudes the character of the Rhone River Valley Appellation Gigondasand hasthat powerful hint of smokiness and soft tannin. The wine also exhibits full round fruit flavors and shows the traditional earth tone Rhone style.
This is a big Grenache with supple tannins that goes well with most meat dishes and can accompany grilled salmon in quite a nice fashion. As the worlds most widely planted red grape( largely in France and Spain), Grenache is often picked early due to its early bud break because rain often affects its late ripening. This grape is perfect for El Dorado County because October typically has beautiful weather. In California, Grenache has been around in blends of all kinds since the 1850s, with about 7,700 acres currently planted.
We are excited to produce a quality varietal Grenache as evidence those Rhone grapes grow and lovingly vinified in the Foothills create truly world-class wines.