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2009 Grenache
  Mendocino
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Father and sons

One of the pleasures of being in business for close to forty years is watching the children of our friends take over more and more of the farming operations. Dark Horse Vineyards is owned by the Dolan family. Paul was the winemaker at Fetzer Vineyards for many years and is a leader in championing organic farming in Mendocino. His sons, Heath and Jason, are currently managing Dark Horse. Not surprisingly, they farm these Grenache grapes biodynamically, and the fruit confirms our belief that it is better to farm with the nutrients that nature provides rather than using synthetic chemicals. The vines are well tended, healthy and happy. Dark Horse Vineyards accounts for 75% of this bottling with the remainder from sustainably-grown grapes harvested at Eaglepoint Vineyards. The wine bursts with black licorice, coffee, smoky paprika and strawberry jam. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.

Jim, Navarro's winemaker, with Jason Dolan at Dark Horse Vineyards. [below] When we tasted this wine recently we were impressed by how the aromas opened up while sitting in the glass. We advise aerating this robust wine before serving.

Specifications
Harvested: Sept. 24 to Oct. 27, 2009 Sugars at harvest: 27.0 ° Brix
Bottled: Sept. 3, 2010 Cases produced: 191
Alcohol: 14.6% Titratable acidity: 6.9 g/L
pH: 3.70

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