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2013 Rogues Blend

 

 

Blend:                    41% Grenache, 41% Mourvedre, 8% Syrah

Region:                  Wild Diamond Vineyard, Lake County, California

Alcohol:                 14.5%

Production:            243 cases produced

Winemaker:            Bruce Regalia

Sensory Notes:        A proprietary blend that marries three primary varietals native to the Rhone Valley of France:  Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (GSM).  This classic-style blend resembles the Southern Rhone Chateauneuf du Papes blends in which the spice of the Grenache, lavender fragrance and perfumed berries of the Mourvedre and the dense, tannic fruit of the Syrah are united in a way that creates an earthy, yet explosive combination of flavors suitable for pairing with a wide variety of savory dishes or by itself.  

Terroir:                  The grapes in this wine all come from the Wild Diamond Vineyard in southern Lake County.  At an elevation of 2,200 ft., this vineyard sits high above the fog line, with 5 – 6 hours of direct sunlight daily and then cooled by Pacific breezes at night coming across the Mendocino wind gap.  Its red loamy soil is the result of ancient pre-civilization floods and contains rich nutrients that contribute to the density, acidity and color of these grapes.

 

Special Note:              While this wine has not yet been judged in competition, its 2012 predecessor won double gold/best of class in the 2014 East meets West International Wine Competition.