' 2012 Grenache (Crimson Hill Vineyard) - Gregory Graham Wines

2012 Grenache (Crimson Hill Vineyard)

Our 2012 Grenache includes 10% Syrah from our Crimson Hill Vineyard and 5% Tempranillo from a nearby vineyard in the Red Hills district of Lake County. The 2012 vintage was late, but ideal conditions provided for optimum ripening.

The grapes were crushed and then cold soaked for two days prior to fermentation in small vats holding approximately 1.5 tons each. The bins were pressed and the wine was then aged in neutral barrels for a period of 16 months. We finalized the blend just prior to the spring bottling.

The wine exhibits aromas of ripe plum and rose petal with highlights of white pepper and cigar box. This gentle wine bursts with flavors of ripe plum, cinnamon and spice. This structured wine is flexible with moderate fare such as smoked chicken alfredo or roast pork loin or other white meats.

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Cost: $22.00



Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - January 2017
Silver - Lake County Wine Competition - July 2016


90 - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2017

Wine Information

Grenache is not widely planted in Northern California compared to other places in the world. It tends to be a vigorous plant, and must be planted in limiting or low vigor locations to produce concentrated wines. We produce a full-bodied, fruit-forward fresh style of wine that is very versatile with any type of meal.

Our Grenache is from our Crimson Hill Vineyard, in the Red Hills area of Lake County. The vineyard is at 2,000 feet elevation and overlooks the southern end of Clear Lake. We planted just over two acres of Grenache on the crest of our property, where the soils are thin and very rocky. The crimson red, volcanic soil provides the perfect site for growing great red wines. The climate is ideal for late season reds because, during the long growing season, the vineyard receives daily full sun with warm temperatures which are tempered by daily afternoon mistrals.

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