Wine

Shatter Grenache

Grenache

750 ML

$29.99

Product Description

SHATTER, DAVE PHINNEY AND JOEL GOTTS FIRST COLLABORATIVE EFFORT, COMES FROM THE SMALL TOWN OF MAURY IN THE ROUSSILLON REGION OF FRANCE. THE HILLSIDE GRENACHE VINES WERE PLANTED OVER 60 YEARS AGO IN BLACK SCHIST, A SLATE-LIKE, ROCKY SOIL COMMON TO THE AREA. THOUGH NUTRIENT-POOR, IT RETAINS HEAT WELL, ALLOWING THE SLOW-RIPENING GRENACHE TO REACH FULL MATURITY THROUGH COOL NIGHTS. TOUGH SOIL, STRONG WINDS AND HOT DAYS PUSH THE VINES AND CAUSE SHATTER, OR COULURE, IN THE GRAPE CLUSTERS, NATURALLY THINNING FRUIT FROM THE VINES AND PRODUCING MORE INTENSELY CONCENTRATED FLAVORS. AFTER HARVEST, THE FRUIT WAS COLD-SOAKED FOR 30 DAYS TO HELP FURTHER CONCENTRATE THE WINE, THEN FERMENTED AND AGED IN MAURY. TASTING NOTES EXTRACTED AROMAS OF CRUSHED CHERRY AND SPRING RHUBARB PIE ARE DELICATELY FRAMED BY SEASONED FRENCH OAK. THE ENTRY IS VIBRANT AND POWERFUL WHICH LEADS TO LUSCIOUS FLAVORS OF WILD STRAWBERRY THAT PERFECTLY ROUNDS OUT THE MID-PALATE. RIPE BLACKBERRY AND BLUEBERRY NOTES COALESCE TO FORM AN INTENSE AND LASTING FINISH. 100% GRENACHE 15.9% ALC./VOL. AGING: 10 MONTHS IN FRENCH OAK, 30% NEW

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Varietal: Grenache

Region: France

Region Description:

France is the standard bearer for all the world’s wines, with regard to the types of grapes that are used to make wine and with the system of defining and regulating winemaking. Its Appellation d’Origine Controlee, or AOC system, is the legislative model for most other European countries. Most French wines are named after places. The system is hierarchical; generally the smaller and more specific the region for which a wine is named, the higher its rank. There are four possible ranks of French wine, and each is always stated on the label: Appellation Contrôlée (or AOC), Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure (or VDQS); Vin de pays, or country wine; and Vin de table. France has five major wine regions, although there are several others that make interesting wines. The three major regions for red wine are Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone; for white wines, the regions are Burgundy, the Loire and Alsace. Each region specialized in certain grape varieties for its wines, based on climate, soil, and local tradition. Two other significant French wine regions are Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, both in the south of France. Cahors, in the southwest of the country, produces increasingly good wines.