2009 T-Vine Cellars "Frediani Vineyard" Napa Valley Grenache

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T-Vine was founded in 1992 by winemaker Greg Brown, with the intent to produce small lot wines of old vine origins such as Grenache, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. When all the elements come together, just right, magic happens. The Grenache grown in Jim Frediani's Vineyard is truly unique in all the world. The old vines, digging deep into the layers upon layers of soil, the Calistoga heat and the nurturing from Jim himself, result in fruit with a one-of-a-kind personality. Over the past 17 years Greg has learned to capture the maximum expression of this amazing sense of place. This is California Grenache in full, with the added poise and polish of Greg Brown's winemaking skill. The 2009 was aged for eleven months in year-old French oak barrels, adding even more concentration and a kiss of toasty vanilla to the intense black and blue fruit expression of this juicy Grenache. As the winemaker's notes state, "It's like being hit in the face with a fresh baked Grenache Pie."

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2011 | Send Email
There's a wealth of cherry-berry character here overlain with a sprinkling of pepper. The fruit tastes very natural, not at all confected, and yet has real presence and a pleasing roundness. Happily, the oak has been almost completely absorbed and seems only to unobtrusively bolster the wine in the end. With a mere dusting of tannins, this juicy gem is rarin' to go.

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.7