Terre Rouge, "Tête-à-Tête" GSM
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Terre Rouge, "Tête-à-Tête" GSM - 2015

Item # 44908 750mL

Made from high elevations vines averaging 30 years of age from several plots in the Sierra Foothills, Bill Easton carefully crafts this Southern Rhône blend. Grenache, with Syrah and Mourvèdre are hand-harvested, stainless steel-fermented, and age for 17 months in old Burgundy barrels, He releases his wine when he deems it ready to drink. Pair with lamb shashlik.

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Staff Pick Notes

Tete- a - Tete means intimate conversation between two people. This wine is a pleasant drinkable blend from California. The grapes used for this blend are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. It can be compared to a French Cote du Rhone. The vines used for this wine are about seventy years old and they produce very concentrated fruit. The wine is also aged for seven years in a temperature controlled cellar. It is an aromatic wine: on the nose you can enjoy fresh berries aromas, while in the palate you can notice smoky and savory notes and a long finish. An European style bland that, at the same time, shows the versability of California wine production.

- AFR

Glossary

Grenache

The Grenache grape (a.k.a. Grenache Noir) produces relatively pale, fruity red wines that often stop just short of sweetness. Grenache is familiar to most wine drinkers as an ingredient in the blends of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon, where it can add charm to varieties that are a little rougher around the edges. The distinguished Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas appellations are both characterized by significant percentages of Grenache, while in Tavel and Lirac the grape is used to make...

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Mourvèdre

Known as Mataro in California and Monastrell in Spain, Mourvèdre can produce bold, tannic, highly alcoholic red wines. They usually show no shortage of fruit as well, and the best examples keep it all in perfect balance. Rhône-style blends are cropping up all over the world, and one of the classic tried-and-true combinations is "GSM," or Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre. The "M" contributes focus and fleshy character to blends - but Mourvèdre also shines on its own as a varietal wine.

California

California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.

Syrah

We'd like to clear this up once and for all: the Shiraz grape is genetically identical to Syrah. Australian winemakers put "Shiraz" on the map (and, many would argue, vice versa), and the term is now used throughout much of the New World. Let it never be said, however, that Shiraz and Syrah are the same thing: the region in which the grape is grown determines much about the flavor of the wine it will produce. Typically, New World Shiraz yields bigger, fruitier wines than the the peppery Syrahs...

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