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Region: Russian River + Dry Creek Valleys < Sonoma < California
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming; fermented in small ½ ton open top bins, 50% Whole cluster. Aged 13 months in neutral French barrels, on heavy lees for 9 months; bottled unfined/unfiltered with 40ppm added SO2; 120 cases; 12% ABV
Winemaker: William Allen
Another wine from William Allen, his Burgundy-meets-Rhone blend, which William calls an “anti Châteauneuf-du-Pape" -- basically a statement against the common belief that Grenache based wines are naturally higher in alcohol. Layered with sweet red fruits, pomegranate, thyme, pepper and bright acidity, this is crunchy and juicy and very Chât-du-Pape like, without the weight. Or price tag. A hefty 12% alcohol – enjoy 2 bottles with friends and something on the grill.