The 2010 vintage of Melée Grenache is a beautiful deep ruby/plum color with a striking wet polished garnet quality in the glass. The aromas are unmistakably Grenache with wonderful notes of freshly picked rose petal, early season plum and Luxardo Cherry along with scents of shale, new leather and a hint of tobacco. This wine explodes on the palate with focused flavors of currant, licorice, blue iris and ripe black cherry. Complimenting these flavors are supple, yet firm, tannins and soaring acidity that produce a long lasting, elegant and linear finish.
The 2010 Melée was aged sur lie for 18 months on 30% new French Oak. Beautifully drinkable now, we expect it to mature and become even more elegant as it ages over the next 4 to 5 years.
Winemaker: Tuck Beckstoffer / Drew Huffine
Blend: 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah
Production: 1,500 cases
Alcohol: 14.2% by Volume
Release Date: May 2012
California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.