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2017 Grenache
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  (750 ml) - $29.00 Buy Now!
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There are three variations of Grenache: Noir, Blanc and Gris. Grenache Noir is the world's most widely planted red wine grape variety; sometimes it is made into a standalone varietal wine but more frequently it forms the backbone of red blends, the most famous of which is Châteauneuf du Pape. Although the fame is from wines grown in the south of France, Spain is most likely this grape's origin and plantings here of Garnacha are three times larger than Grenache plantings in France. It is the dominant red wine variety in Spain's most successful appellation, Rioja.


Aaron and Sarah practicing punchdowns in 1989. [right]
Aaron usually spends much of his Navarro time on marketing projects, from creating emails to maintaining the website and photography. During the 2020 pandemic our HR and payroll person decided to self-quarantine for health reasons, so Aaron took on those responsibilities as well. [below]

The Grenache grape is relatively low in skin pigments so it is frequently co-fermented with highly pigmented Syrah or Carignane. This bottling is 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, both grown biodynamically at Dark Horse Vineyards. The grapes were destemmed and fermented in open-top tanks, then after pressing, the wine was aged 10 months in seasoned French oak barrels and bottled unfiltered. A medium-bodied beauty with a gentle, round palate; inklings of strawberry, cherry, white pepper and anise. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.

Specifications
Harvested: Sept. 11, 2017 Sugars at harvest: 25.9° Brix
Bottled: Aug. 15, 2018 Cases produced: 261
Alcohol: 13.9% Titratable acidity: 5.8 g/L
pH: 3.70

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