2012 Alakai Grenache
The 2012 Alakai from Joel Gott has aromatics of black cherries, blackberries, and hints of white pepper. The flavors are elegant and balanced, rounded out by ripe fruit flavors and smooth tannins.
Alakai, a Rhône-style blend of Grenache and Syrah, is dark and structured, but with finesse and elegance. Within California, the ocean winds in Monterey best mirror conditions in France’s Rhône Valley, where wind-stressed vines produce fewer clusters with more concentrated flavors, making for spicy, lush, food-friendly wines. Because of these conditions, the Grenache is sourced in large part from Monterey, while Syrah is sourced from Knights Valley, which adds a layer of white pepper spice. During the 2012 harvest, low rainfall and a late summer heat wave were cause for ideal ripeness, deep color and good structure.
Varietal:
95% Grenache
5% Syrah
Appellation:
California
Monterey
Knights Valley
Barrel:
65% new French oak
Alcohol:
13.9%

 

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