Peterson GSM Red Wine 2016, Bradford Mountain Vineyard
When the Petersons replanted the Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard in 2007, they were inspired to try different grape varieties. After multiple trips to the Rhone Valley of Southern France, the inspiration to plant Grenache was solidified. “Without experience growing the varietal in our mountain vineyard, or making much in the winery, we weren’t sure what expression the resulting wines would put forward.” Now they know. The Grenache from the mountain produces a high quality wine with all the classic characteristics of great spice, and some of the garriguey flavors, with the essence of minerality from the site coming through. Building on this base, they strove to create a blend with depth and complexity, while not overwhelming the nuances of the core. Modeled after blends from the Southern regions of France but born of fruit hailing from the red, well drained soils of the Bradford Mountain Vineyard. They build from the core of plush, forward fruit Grenache (57%), added spice and depth from Syrah (29%), and refined complexity and tannin from Mourvedre (14%).
This delicious Rhône-varietal blend invites you in with the first whiff. Intriguing aromatics of red fruit are laced with notes of earth, spices and a rich mineral essence. The luscious core of ripe summer berries offers round corners and spicy edges. As the wine opens, the tone darkens a shade as flavors of dried strawberry, black cherry, plum, coffee and a touch of rhubarb appear. Balanced acidity bathes the plush palate and embraces the flavors as they linger.
This wine pairs with just about everything, so try it with your favorite meal. Or, check out our recommends of garlic Parmesan zucchini noodles pasta, or bacon-wrapped Cornish game hens with raspberry balsamic glaze.
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