By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.andiswines.com
The Amador County region of California has the elevation to produce some very nice wines, however, some of its crazy-intense heat can make managing brix levels a challenge. This little bottle of Grenache is quite tasty and exhibits many of the nicer characteristics of the varietal while keeping the alcohol in-check.
- Vintage: 2010
- Wine Type: Lighter Red Wine
- Varietal: Grenache
- Varietal Composition: 83% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah
- Appellation: Amador County
- PH: 3.65
- Ageability: 4 – 8 years
- Alcohol %: 13.5
- Price: $25
Nose: Peppered beef jerky, roasted beets, fennel, cassis, dark chocolate and cedar.
Taste: I’m definitely getting the oak notes in this wine – the cedar, smoke and match stick but it combines with some nice black raspberry, cherry, beef jerky and peppercorns. Good mid palate that hangs in there thanks to the acids in the wine – finish hangs around quite well. Overall a solid effort for a food-friendly wine.