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GCM Blend 2015, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard

GCM Blend 2015, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
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Modeled after blends from the Southern regions of France but born of fruit hailing from the red, well drained soils of the Bradford Mountain Vineyard. We build from the core of plush, forward fruit Grenache (54%), added spice and depth with Carignane (26%), compexity and tannin from Mourvedre (13%) and for rich, layered structure, Petite Sirah (7%).

Wine Specs
Red Blend
Dry Creek Valley
Vineyard Designation
Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Fruit forward and delicious, our GCM delivers exactly what is expected of a Rhone varietal blend. A light spicy essence weaves through a nose of fresh strawberry and red raspberry. The palate repeats the delicate spice notes throughout the luscious layers of cherry, raspberry, dried strawberry and plum. As the spices add depth in the finish, an appealing touch of rhubarb appears with the lingering flavors.
Winemaker Notes
When we replanted the Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard in 2007, we were inspired to try different grape varieties. After multiple trips to the Rhone Valley of Southern France, the inspiration to plant Grenache was solidified. Without experience growing the varietal in our mountain vineyard, or making much in the winery, we weren’t sure what expression the resulting wines would put forward. Now we know. The Grenache from the mountain produces a high quality wine with all the classic characteristics of great Grenache—soft, luscious fruit, pepper and licorice spice, and some of the garriguey flavors, with the essence of minerality from the site coming through. Building on this base, we strived to create a blend with depth and complexity, while not overwhelming the nuances of the core. Each year we experiment and trial the different Rhone flavors from our mountain vineyard. Along with the Grenache, the wine has classic components of Carignane and Mourvèdre, balancing the wine beautifully and giving it potential to age for at least 7-10 years.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy a glass or two with raspberry barbecued chicken breasts, or braised short ribs with black olives served over creamy polenta.

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