2014 C R Graybehl "Mathis Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Grenache (Previously $25)

SKU #1345840 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Grenache Noir Mathis Vineyard, which apparently is from a Sonoma site, is another successful effort. This has a deep ruby/purple tint, a nice sweet kiss of kirsch liqueur, a medium to full body, beautiful purity and no evidence of oak. I like what this winery is doing across the board, and I think they have plenty of potential to go even further. (RP)  (3/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a full-bodied version of the variety and yet it rides a line of soft texture and floral aromatics that ground it in nice ways. Meaty and fruity in cherry, it finishes thick and rich. (VB)  (7/2016)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's notes: "Brooding with deep red fruits, blackberry, pie cherry, mineral and clove rooted by earthen tones of forest floor, dried rose, cigarbox and gunmetal structured with a core of cherry kirsch, lavender, deep plum, black currant and wild foraged berries gliding into a layered and focused finish. An intimate organic vineyard on the periphery of Boyes Hot Springs, above the Sonoma Valley, Mathis Vineyards has quickly become a coveted Grenache Noir in our portfolio. Located in one of the warmest climatic regions of Sonoma Valley. I am lucky enough to score a few tons off of this amazing little vineyard that Peter Mathis planted and tends a few years ago and he has happily obliged me ever since. Seven acres on a rocky hillside above the Sonoma Mission Inn, Peter Mathis selected this amazing site with one thing in mind, Grenache, and he planted some of the best clones available. I am honored to produce wines from this gem of a vineyard. We destem this wine and ferment with indigenous yeast after which we allow the wine to sit on it’s skins an additional 4 weeks before being pressed directly into once used french oak 300L puncheons."

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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.


- 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.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).