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     Mourvedre, Grenache, Rhone Blends

                 Monday July 28, 2008

  4:00 to 6:00pm          

  Mouvedre, Grenache & Rhone Blends Flight

                   

2006  Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Mourvedre, Lime Kiln Valley, ENZ Vineyard(Gold, Best of Class)

2006  Robert Hall, Grenache, Paso Robles, Hall Ranch (Gold Medal) 

2006  L'Adventure Winery, Cote A Cote, Paso Robles

2006  Villa Creek, Paso Robles

Map Paso Wineries    Map Kenneth Volk Vineyards

Featured Chef: Tom from Villa Creek Restaurant

Featured Produce: Cal Poly Organic Farm

Olive Oil Tasting:  Pasolivo Olive Oil, Joeli Yaguda

Tasting Notes:

Grenache Noir -  Probably the worlds most widely planted red grape, largely in France and Spain. Grenache’s reputation would soar if it were treated more respectfully by growers and planted in more suitable locations. Early budding and late ripening, Grenache has a tendency toward high sugar/alcohol levels if not planted in the right areas or cropped back. It needs devigorating soils where it can produce Exquisite, luscious wines. Grenache is the basis for the great Southern Rhône blends, usually making up to 60% to 80 of the blend in both Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Cotes du Rhône. Black currant, blackberry and dusty. Oak provides vanilla, smoke, toast and tar. With aging tobacco, dried apricot, and cigar box notes are possible.
 
Grenache Noir -  Probably the worlds most widely planted red grape, largely in France and Spain. Grenache’s reputation would soar if it were treated more respectfully by growers and planted in more suitable locations. Early budding and late ripening, Grenache has a tendency toward high sugar/alcohol levels if not planted in the right areas or cropped back. It needs devigorating soils where it can produce Exquisite, luscious wines. Grenache is the basis for the great Southern Rhône blends, usually making up to 60% to 80 of the blend in both Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Cotes du Rhône. Black currant, blackberry and dusty. Oak provides vanilla, smoke, toast and tar. With aging tobacco, dried apricot, and cigar box notes are possible.
 
Syrah - A very dark and flavorful grape that is easy to work with – Healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot, suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. At is best, Syrah can slug it out with high end Cabernet and Pinot Noir. As a single varietal, Syrah is the basis for the great reds of the Northern Rhône: as an ingredient in blends, it contributes much of the character and aging potential for wines of the Southern Rhone. Shiraz (Australian for Syrah) has a distinguished history Down Under, being the most widely planted grape in that country. Blackberry, pepper, plum, black currant, grassy, black peppers, licorice, clove, thyme, bay leaf, herbal, sandalwood, musky and earthy. Oak provides vanilla, coconut, smoke, toast and tar. Aging can add cedar, cigar box and leather. Made full bodied, dry.  
 

 

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