2018 Gallica Grenache Sonoma Valley

Complex and scintillant Sonoma Grenache
2018 Gallica Grenache Sonoma Valley

Winemaker Rosemary Cakebread sources her Grenache from the certified organic Rossi Ranch, in Sonoma Valley. The fruit is fermented in open-top tanks with a modest stem inclusion. The wine spends ten months in oak puncheon and neutral barrels and is bottled un-fined and un-filtered.

The result is limpid garnet and profusely floral, with a perfume of beach rose and red fruits that’s salted with herbs — basil, anise hyssop, lavender. Flavors of plum and strawberry ride waves of scintillant acidity, while silky tannins and a coffee-like finishing bite darken and lengthen the wine.

Overall this is a shimmery, multi-dimensional California Grenache that’s so complex I want to savor it with simple foods so it can shine.

2018 Gallica Grenache Sonoma Valley

14.2% abv | $50 (sample)

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  • Ah, so that’s where some of the fruit that used to go into the Thackrey wines went.

    Interesting. Might have to try again. Didn’t order the Grenache the one time I tried her wines.

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