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2019 The Grenachista Grenache Noir

2019 The Grenachista Grenache Noir

Grape: Grenache Noir

Region: Sierra Foothills < CA

Vineyard/cellar stats: Organic farming, vineyards at 3000 ft elevation on red iron rich soil granite; whole clusters some carbonic maceration, some foot crushing; 2 yr neutral french oak before bottling unfined/unfiltered with minimal added SO2; 13% ABV; 65 cases

Winemaker: Casey Graybehl

After years of following his work on the 'gram, we were stoked to finally taste the Cali-natty wines from Casey Graybehl,  a self-proclaimed "Grenache Gorilla" who fell in love with Rhone wines early on.  The Bay Area native, who grew up in a wine-loving household, started working for Santa Ynez valley wineries while getting his degree in fruit science from Cal Poly SLO. He then spent eight years working for Cakebread in Napa before landing his current gig running Obsidian Ridge Wine Company in Sonoma.   Here, the owners allowed Casey full access to the facility to work on his own side project, so in 2013 The Grenachista was born to focus entirely on Grenache-based wines. Ten years later, Casey is still a one-man show making less than 500 cases TOTAL every year.  

This vibrant Grenache Noir hails from Naggier vineyard near Placerville, which we'll let Casey explain: " A new vineyard source for me in 2019, this is my first foray into the Sierra Foothills with grapes from the Naggiar Vineyard. Nestled in rolling hills north west of Placerville in Nevada County, this vineyard is at almost 3000 feet in elevation and covered in red, iron rich soils and decomposed granite. Making for a structured wine that is tight upon opening but slowly opens to intriguing aromas of black raspberries, orange blossom, cassis and nutmeg with a subtle earthy character and hints of herbes de Provence. On the palate, flavors of black cherries, ripe raspberries and blackberries and a hint of chocolate lead to a creamy, sensuous mouthfeel and genuinely long finish."  

Fresh, vibrant, juicy, not heavy at all, this wine shines with a slight chill and has us eagerly awaiting BBQ season.
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