Embrace Grenache 2014
Grenache is perfect for the hot, dry, sand and stone soils of the ridges along Dry Creek Valley. The grape enjoys a long growing season and with its think skin and tight clusters can withstand high heat and winds. The extra time on the vine is well spent; when ripe Grenahce can make the most sublime of wines, powerful, fine and complex with a lot of fruit.
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.
Grenache, its like Pinot with a little touch of spice. Soft, full-bodied and easy-drinking, Embrace shows aromas of soft cotton-candy notes of spun sugar supported by light earthy hints of sweet kumquat peel.
In the mouth, a hint of the sweet-sour toffee-apple and nice cranberry fruit with subtle light leather and a persuasive, lightly textured tannin finish.
The spice and cranberry character makes it pleasing and lightly structured with a mouth feel that calls for more. A very nice red wine for summer with pork loin or chicken breast flavored with fruit garnishes, jams or flavored mustard.
Cases Produced = 509
Grenache is one of the world’s most popular red wine grapes and is the most important grape in the Southern Rhone Valley as it most often blended with other grapes and for its role in Chateauneuf du Pape, however we also release it as a stand-alone variety.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.