Mission Codename Châteauneuf-du-Scheid
Happy July Operatives! We Scheid have known how tasty this is when it arrived at our headquarters, but we did not anticipate THAT tasty until we poured the deliciousness into our glasses. The tasting panel could not believe it… there it was, a glimpse of the yummiest Rhône blends from both sides of the Atlantic in one wholesome red, pure and strikingly fruity, with just the right touch of savory complexity to evoke traditionalism too. What makes this even more of a hit is the deep deal we were able to scoop the last remaining few cases at, at a strikingly low $17.99 per bottle just for you to experience the juiciest Grenache, plus the pepperiest Syrah, plus the gamiest Mourvedre the Central Coast can grow and a master can so excellently pick the best lots to blend.
A dark ruby-plum tinge adorns the appearance of this visually inviting red. The nose is expressive with rose petals, raspberry and strawberry liqueur with cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate continues to blossom, remaining juicy, savory and beautifully structured with sweet cherry, rocks and flowers. Broad on the long finish, while exceptionally well-delineated and focused. Would work wonderfully with slow roasted pork, chicken or summer veggies.
The GSM blend originates in the Southern Rhône, where at under $20 per bottle, there are exactly zero wines from the flagship region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for these, maybe just a few Côtes du Rhône reds from the surroundings that take a TON of digging to find. Australia has excelled in similar blends but this QPR (quality price ratio) is rare there too, and even more so in California. If you like red blends, you Scheid be all over this 40% off bargain!.
Scheid Family Recognition
In 2017 the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) selected Al Scheid of Scheid Vineyards as its Leader the Year. The award recognizes a grower whose record of exceptional leadership has benefited California’s wine industry. The recipients demonstrate a commitment to promote and protect the interests of California wine grape growers. Scheid was a Harvard Business School graduate, an investment banker and entrepreneur when he first bought land in Monterey County in 1972. Today, the Scheid family owns 11 estate vineyards totaling 4,000 acres in the Salinas Valley. They also have a state-of-the-art winery with a crushing capacity of more than 30,000 tons and a smaller winery for boutique wine production.
What the Winery Says
2014 GSM Monterey
- Dave Nagengast
- 35% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 31% Mourvèdre
- 46% Scheid, 31% Hames, 21% San Lucas, 2% Mesa del Rio
- Total Acidity
- 5.6 g/L
- 40% French, 40% Hungarian, 20% American oak
- Harvest Dates
- September 20 - October 27, 2014
- Bottling Date
- June 17, 2016
- 12 barrels