2007 Grenache-Syrah-Mouvedre (GSM)
Retail Price: $30.00
This is a superb vineyard owned and farmed by Ann Kraemer. It sits high in the Sierras at elevations ranging from 1600 to 2000 feet. Farmed in steep volcanic soils to a level of perfection rarely seen. The Syrah that comes off Shake Ridge resonates with a dark brooding character with resolved tannins. The Grenache adds a firm sweet note that elevates the nose. The Mourvedre brings a tactile quality that seems to hold the 3 together.
The fruit was picked over a 2 week period after a long growing season. All grapes were hand-sorted and 50% whole clusters were use. Naturally occurring yeast completed fermentation after a 5 day cold soak. Pressed off at dryness and allowed to complete malolactic fermentation naturally in barrel. The wine spent 22 months in 30% new French Oak Burgundy barrels. The wine was racked only once prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered. The blend represents an almost equal voice for each varietal. 622 cases produced.
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