2014 Grenache, Russian River Valley
Grenache, or as it's known by its Spanish name, Garnacha, is one of the most widely planted red grapes in the world. The Garnacha grape was born in the northern region of Spain known as Aragon. Due to Aragon's location on the border of France, Garnacha traveled over the Pyrenees Mountains and found another home in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southern France. As a result of the language difference, the French called the grape Grenache. From the Languedoc, the grape moved to the Southern Rhone where it became famous. It is the main ingredient in the acclaimed French Rhone blend Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
At Corner 103, we created a 100% Grenache wine that celebrates the best of both old world and new world wine. Our 2014 Grenache is from the Russian River Valley, where less than a handful of vineyards grow Grenache. Tastings.com rated this wine 84 points, describing it as rich with "aromas of stewed strawberry and cherry, peony, and almond skin with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length chocolate chewy candy and dried oregano finish." Those notes are a classic of a great grenache - where in the new world it's given more body and fruitiness, and in the old world it's known for earthy and herbal notes.
It's a medium-bodied wine, easy to sip solo or paired with roasted meats, vegetables, and spicy Indian food. Or, if you're at the girl & the fig in Sonoma, one of our favorite local restaurants, it pairs perfectly with their croques monsieur.