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2013 Grenache
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In the Northern Rhône, Syrah is the dominant red wine-grape variety in such well-known appellations as Côte Rôtie and Hermitage. In Southern Rhône, it is Grenache Noir that dominates the reds, in famous appellations like Châteauneuf-du-Pape. When yields are restricted and the microclimate is warm, this variety produces concentrated wines with a core of sweet fruit suggesting strawberry. Grenache wines, however, tend to be lightly colored and soft, consequently producers, including Navarro, blend in other grape varieties; Syrah and Mourvèdre are the two most frequently used with Grenache, the former adding tannins and the latter structure and fragrance. The grapes were fermented in open-top bins so that we could easily and gently shove the skins back into the fermenting must several times a day. After aging ten months in oak barrels, a series of staff tastings resulted in a wine exhibiting flavors hinting of strawberry, rhubarb, currant and cedar. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.


[above] Punching down Grenache to keep the tannins supple. This bottling is 76% Grenache, 17% Syrah and 7% Mourvèdre produced entirely from biodynamically grown grapes grown at Dark Horse Vineyards by Paul, Heath and the late Jason Dolan.

Specifications
Harvested: Sept. 11 to Oct. 9, 2013 Sugars at harvest: 25.8° Brix
Bottled: Aug. 19, 2014 Cases produced: 294
Alcohol: 13.8% Titratable acidity: 6.1 g/L
pH: 3.70

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