2011 Santa Barbara County Grenache
Grenache Noir •Curtis Estate
Santa Barbara County
Pinot? Grenache? Panache!
Today’s 2011 Santa Barbara County Grenache is another delightful wine from our friends at Curtis Winery. This is the third time we’ve featured one of their wines, and each successive gem impresses us more and more.
Delicious through and through, today’s wine is layered with juicy red fruit, black peppercorn spice, and subtle notes of earthy terroir. Our tasting panel remarked how today’s wine’s flavor profile would feel right at home in the glass of a Pinot lover - if they’re willing to feel a bit bold, that is.
Go ahead and give today’s unique wine a chance - we guarantee you won’t regret it.
Beautiful, slightly translucent scarlet throughout the glass, with just a touch of a lovely hazy rim.
Very delicate on the nose, with clear floral hints of lavender framed by dark cherry, baked sweet plum, dried fallen leaves, sweet vanilla bean, dark baking spices, and a hint of kola nut.
On the palate, subtle notes of black cherry and purple fruit are paired with a delicious spicy note of black peppercorn and clove. Hints of sweet tobacco leaf, anise, cinnamon, and coffee bean round out the lovely terroir elements.
With hints of fresh fruit and a touch of structure, today’s wine will feel right at home in the glass of a Pinot lover. The very well rounded finish is highlighted by dark cherry notes that slowly fade into deep spice and subtle earth.
Roasted pork tenderloin, rubbed with plenty of dried herbs and served with a balsamic reduction drizzled overtop.
What the Winery Says
- Ernst Storm
- Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle
- Santa Barbara County, California
- Curtis Estate
- Fruit Variety
- Grenache 92%, Syrah 8%
- 15 months in French oak