Embrace Grenache 2010
Grenache is a happy grape, mellow by nature and native to both the Rhone and Spain. Tending to perform best in dry and hot growing regions we grow it on the eastern bench above Dry Creek Valley where it thrives in the occasional night damp and the inland sun.
Grenache is great paired with braises and stews, long slow cooked roasts of pork or lamb that may even be a little bit fatty (shoulder of lamb and lamb shanks, for example). It suits daubes and stews with dark, winey sauces and has a particular affinity with paprika and pimenton.
Embrace can be served with milder curries like a rogan josh but not Indian curries. Good paired with sausage or flank steak and mashed potatoes, shepherd's pie and steak and kidney pie while its absence of tough tannins makes it an accommodating match for simple cheeses.
Note: September 21 is International Grenache Day.
Aromas of soft cotton-candy notes of spun sugar supported by a nice leafy background, just enough to be interesting. Characteristically soft and light on the palate you will be embraces by hints of sweet and sour of toffee-apple and nice strawberry/ref fruit mix with subtle light leather and a persuasive, lightly textured tannin finish. Pleasing and lightly structured with a mouth feel that calls for more this soft, full-bodied and easy-drinking Embrace makes a nice afternoon red wine.
The 2010 grape harvest was challenging with a wet spring followed by a late bud break and then a long, cool growing season that ended with a heat spike bringing the grapes to a quick maturity. As expected this gave us slightly lower sugars with higher acids and deep colors and flavors.
The season caused us a lot more time in the vineyard trimming fruit or pulling leaves to assure full fruit maturity and lower than normal yields. We ended up with remarkable quality of fruit throughout our range of vineyards which led to a more restrained, elegant style of wine.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.