2014 Dalton Vineyard Calaveras County Grenache
Grenache •Dalton Vineyard
California: Sierra Foothills
Ghosts of Granacha
Ghouls, goblins, and Operatives… BOO! Happy Halloween Operatives! Where else do we reach out to you today but from the depths of Hell? From the realms where blood-red wines are born and only the darkest berries roam. Calaveras County is where these grapes of wrath originate from, a land that remains haunted to this very day with the souls of gold diggers who did not make it through the gold rush. More on that here…
Pale garnet with a wide brick-orange rim, grinning as if on a glowing jack-o-lantern. The nose is dominated by candied raspberry, plum, and pomegranate, with spicy root beer and licorice hints. Cherry-cola, brown sugar, and seeped cinnamon-pear elements coat the mouth as this delicious and unique red opens up. Festive and exotically piquant like pumpkin pie with refreshing menthol and vanilla lingering long. Pair with a fest centered around BBQ baby back ribs drenched in a tangy-sweet sauce, with buttery corn and biscuits, or cornbread on the side.
That is not where the horrifically delicious story behind today’s insanely affordable deal ends! The Frankenstein behind this haunting Grenache is one of the most dynamic up and coming consulting winemakers of the Napa Valley scene, David Yorgensen, who is a protégé of Philippe Melka with a resume that includes Grace Family and Kind Cellars and with accolades that flirt with perfection. With only 3 barrels made, this little gem from the same family who owns Napa’s Aaron Pott made Lampyridae Vineyards, is completely under the radar, so it’s the perfect wine to terrorize your wine friends into scrumptious submission.
Pale garnet with a wide brick-orange rim, grinning as if on a glowing jack o lantern.
Candied raspberry, plum, and pomegranate, with spicy root beer and licorice hints.
Cherry-cola, brown sugar, and seeped cinnamon-pear elements coating the mouth.
Festive and exotically piquant like pumpkin pie with refreshing menthol and vanilla.
BBQ baby back ribs drenched in a tangy-sweet sauce, with buttery corn and biscuits.
What the Winery Says
- John Derr
- Consulting winemaker
- David Yorgensen
- 100% Grenache
- Sierra Foothills, Calaveras County
- 11 months
- 50% new French oak
- Release date
- August 2016
- 3 barrels