Wine Creek Ranch, Dry Creek Valley
Our GSM is a classic example of why the sum is better than the parts - Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre. The art is in the blending.
The temperature metrics and soil diversity on our estate exhibit an uncanny parallel with Frances Southern Rhône. The post-fall equinox harvest time works perfectly for these varieties allowing them to ripen evenly and slowly. Phased handpicking across a spectrum of maturity was followed by sorting both in the field and then again at the winery. Fruit was then gently destemmed (no crushing) and transferred without pumping to small open-top or
closed-top fermenters. Fermentation commenced naturally after 3-5 days of cool soaking at 55-59F. Manual punchdowns, or pumpovers, were done 1-3 times a day, primarily to disperse and distribute heat. Total skin contact ranged from 11-18 days. After draining, basket pressing was done on all lots with primary and malolactic fermentation finishing in barrels. Cooperage was a mix of long air-dried, and low-medium toasted French oak. Barrel aging, with periodic racking and blending, lasted 18 months.
An über intense purple color greets you leading to a delightfully fruity nose tempered with
garrique. If you get a strong connection to strawberries, youre right! Thats the Grenache stating its presence. The Syrah and Mourvèdre add complexity, structure, and balance. Flavors run the gamut from blueberry, raspberry, and kirsch-soaked cherries to anise, graphite, roasted marshmallow, and subtle black pepper. Earthy, spicy, and juicy with a slight chalkiness, our 2018 GSM is remarkable now and will only improve with further aging. The tannins will continue to develop and reward your patience through at least 2026-2028. Our winemaker calls this a winter wine with a bit of sunshine because the Grenache aromatics remind him of the suns warmth. We recommend this with a charcuterie platter of smoked meats, beef stew, grilled mushrooms, rogan josh lamb curry, and even macaroni & cheese!
425 cases | CCOF Certified Organic
APPELLATION: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
VINEYARD: 100% Wine Creek Ranch, Quivira's home vineyard, CCOF-certified organic
COMPOSITION: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre