2015 Gallica Grenache Steel Plow Vineyard Sonoma Valley

Rambunctious, juicy Grenache from Sonoma Valley

2015 Gallica Grenache Steel Plow Vineyard Sonoma Valley

Winemaker Rosemary Cakebread of Gallica sources her Grenache from Steel Plow Vineyard, farmed by respected Sonoma Valley viticulturist Phil Coturri, blending in a little Mourvèdre and Syrah. This wine aged for ten months in new an used French barrels and was bottled without fining or filtration.

The color is deep ruby, with a purpled fragrance of plum skin. The body is ample and fleshy and dark, like black plums steeped in espresso. A little rough around the edges now, the acidity and tannins rambunctious, but its core is brilliant and bright-fruited and the finish juicy and refreshing. Not as concentrated and meaty as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and not as fey as most California Grenache, it strikes a balance between headiness and frivolity.

Pair it now with pork, poultry, and rare red meat, aged cheeses, and rich vegetable gratins. Or hold it for a few years to let it continue to ripen and mellow.

14.5% abv | $45 (sample)

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