2014 PharaohMoans Grenache 750ml
Tasting Notes: "The 2014 Grenache is a beautiful, ripe and full-bodied wine that has the standard seamless texture that's the hallmark of all of winemaker Guillaume Fabre's wines. Made from 100% Grenache that saw just a touch of whole cluster and 18 months in neutral oak, this beauty's vibrant purple color is followed by notes of kirsch, blackberries, ground herbs, graphite and toasted spice. These give way to a sexy, polished Grenache that has terrific concentration, impressive purity of fruit and ripe, sweet tannin. It's already hard to resist, and I see no need to hold off either." - Robert Parker (94 Points)
Winemaker's Notes: The 2014 growing season was one of the driest on record for California’s central coast. A warm spring awoke the vines earlier than usual, but during bloom the weather was impeccable. We waited until the end of September to begin our first Syrah harvest, allowing for a longer maturation process and greater complexity. The 2014 PharaohMoans Grenache vines are made up of the famous 362 clone, known for its small, tight clusters and is most commonly planted in the northern Rhone valley of France. We picked in early October, then fermented 10% of the volume in whole clusters to enhance the herbal and floral notes. The juice was gently pumped over and extended on the skin for more than three weeks. After it was pressed off, the Grenache spent the next 16 months in one- and two-year-old 400 liter barrels to enable the fruit profiles to better integrate. The Grenache exudes flavors of crushed strawberries and exotic red fruits, and finishes with bright herbal notes, minerality, smokey aromas and soft tannins. This wine will age gracefully for 8-12 years.
Composition: 100% Grenache
Production: 85 Cases
Winemaker: Guillaume Fabre
Optimal Drinking Window: 2017 - 2037