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 (50%), added spice and depth with Syrah (33%), and refined complexity and tannin from Mourvedre (17%).
Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Dark red fruit aromatics swirled with a subtle spicy
blend foretell the deliciousness discovered on the palate.
Subtle spicy cedar notes weave through deep lush flavors
of black raspberry, strawberry and Bing cherry. The
luscious fruit is balanced with an integrated tannin and
oak structure that shows a bit of muscle in the broad
finish as traces of baking spices and black pepper appear.
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 Rhône flavors from our mountain
Along with the Grenache, the wine has
classic components of Syrah and Mourvèdre, balancing
the wine beautifully and giving it potential to age for
at least 7-10 years.
Food Pairing Notes
A rich, hearty beef stew or pork tenderloin with pears
and shallots will pair well with this fruit-forward yet
robust Rhône blend.