2015 Bonny Doon "Clos du Gilroy" Central Coast Grenache

SKU #1269836

This is Bonny Doon's "Clos, but no Cigare" blend, a fresh and fruity early release composed mainly of Grenache--75%, with 17% Syrah and 8% Mourvèdre--that is too, well, fresh and fruity to be reserved for the Doon's longer-aging, serious Châteauneuf-du-Pape-style blend. The grapes are not actually from Gilroy, California's garlic capital, but Central Coast vineyards Alta Loma (Grenache) in Greenfield; Alamo Creek near Santa Maria (Syrah); and the Sacramento Delta (old-vine Mourvèdre). Like a Beaujolais or a young Côtes du Rhône, this is a delicious red for drinking now or for several years. Previous vintages won the acclaim of both Wine Spectator (91 points, "as good a value as you'll find") and balance-and-restraint apostle Dan Berger ("Beaujolais lives! Fresh jam and a nouveau spice note, loads of hot-weather quaffability, with a classic varietal mid-palate and a delightful finish. Terrific wine!").

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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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Alcohol Content (%): 14.4