by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery
Grenache is one of the lightest red wine varietals, like Pinot Noir. It grows well in hot, dry and windy climates like Agua Dulce. Our 2015 Grenache was sourced from Alonso Family Vineyards in Agua Dulce. This year, we brought Grenache in from Lake Los Angeles, which is about 37 miles north east of Reyes Winery. The climate there is similar to ours, but they have much more water than us. This varietal tends to be harvested later than most other grapes. This year was somewhat in the middle.
The 2015 Grenache is available for tasting in the tasting room this month. It is wonderful! It is a limited-edition member only wine. It has aromas of strawberries, ruby-red grapefruits and raspberries. On the palate you will get raspberry, honey, white pepper and a bit of anise. It can be a spicier fruity wine with higher alcohol content than most red wines. This jammy wine can be enjoyed with a salad that has strawberries, raspberries and toasted almonds with a touch of crushed pink peppercorn with a champagne vinaigrette. This dish, plus a few others, will be served this Saturday for our Monthly Hike & Brunch. Tickets are still available on the website.
I sampled from the barrel, our 2017 Grenache which also comes from Lake Los Anegles. It has aromas of raspberries and strawberries. It is very fruity on the nose. I took a sip and its dry, yet I get delicious raspberries dancing on my tongue. I can’t’ wait to share this amazing wine. It will be bottled soon for everyone to enjoy!
The world celebrates the 10th Annual International #GrenacheDay Friday September 20, 2019. #grenacheday. A decade of wine glass clinking and drinking with good friends. To celebrate this day, we are featuring the Reyes 2015 Grenache and Alonso Family Vineyards 2011 Juan’s Red (Grenache blend) all month.
For more information please visit www.reyeswinery.com.