2009 Torrin "The Maven" James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Grenache

SKU #1088412 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (75% grenache and 25% syrah; 16.2% alcohol): Inky ruby. Black raspberry and boysenberry on the assertively perfumed, spice-accented nose. Juicy and expansive on the palate, displaying sappy red and dark berry flavors and notes of candied violet and Indian spices. Emphatically rich but vibrant for its size, finishing with excellent thrust and length.  (10/2011)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Grenache-based 2009 The Maven is a very beautiful wine. Dark red cherries, anise, tar, French oak and smoke are layered together in this intense red. Waves of fruit continue to flesh out on the rich, textured finish. The 2009 shows good intensity and freshness in a medium-bodied style for these sites. The blend is 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, 60% from James Berry and 40% from Torrin, fermented with 20% whole clusters. (AG)  (8/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A rich, graceful style that packs in lots of dark berry flavors, with mocha, spice, cedar and raspberry. Firms nicely midpalate, with gripping tannins and a long, lingering finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2020.  (3/2012)

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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.

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- 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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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.