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2011 Russian River Grenache Noir Magnum
Saralee's Vineyard

2011 Russian River Grenache Noir Magnum

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While Grenache is thought of as a warm climate varietal, from the Southern Rhone of France, I am fond of the results that a cooler climate imparts. The Grenache is from the highly regarded Saralee’s Vineyard, one of the region’s oldest growers. Growing conditions are much less warm than the southern Rhone, but have an longer hang time, cool nights in the mid fifties and fog, allowing for flavor ripeness, at the same time maintaining high acidity, something Grenache isn’t always known for.The Grenache is light in color, which is natural to the varietal. The 2011 vintage was one of the most challenging in decades for Russian River, cold, reduced sunlight, late ripening and mildew and rain pressure made it a nail biting harvest, but the end result was worth the hard work and perseverance. This is the only Saralee’s Vineyard designate, Grenache, made, enjoy!

 

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/ 2011 GRENACHE SARALEE'S RRV
SKU: 11GRSL
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Grenache
Appellation
Russian River
Vineyard Designation
Saralee's Vineyard
Harvest Date
10/19/2011
Acid
0.59 g/100mL
pH
3.6
Aging
: 10 months in neutral French oak
Fermentation
– small open top bins, 15% whole cluster
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This is a Grenache made for Pinot Noir, cool climate aficionados, with vibrant acid, good structure, and an array of bright red fruit. This wine is young, and will gain complexity with bottle time, as it matures and softens. It’s enjoyable now while spritely, or easily cellared for 5 years. Open and consume right away, or decant it for 30 minutes. Bright, clear, cranberry in color. The nose is the essence of strawberry, red fruits. In the mouth, its full of strawberry, cranberry, black tea, and modest structure and a lingering finish.