Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: ***+ $$$ Groundwork Grenache, Santa Barbara County, California, 2010

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Two reasons I wanted to try this grenache.  First, is that I had just sampled a very pleasant grenache from elsewhere in Santa Barbara County, CA, and wanted to investigate the style more deeply.  Second, I couldn't resist the description on the back label: "first things first.  This Grenache is my Point A, my touchstone.  It is the foundation of everything I've done thus far and the inertia behind everything I've yet to do."  Ok, I've read a lot of over-the-top language on wine labels, but this sentiment just made me want to part with a Jackson and a few Washingtons to see what's in there!

Original tasting and review : This is Groundwork Grenache, Santa Barbara County, California, 2010, finished at 14.9% alcohol.  A blend of mostly-grenache grapes from Santa Barbara Highlands, Watch Hill, Ranch Arroyo Grande and Alamo Creek.

In the glass: Groundwork is light dusty red, growing deeper in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, vigorous, oddly almost oxidized red fruit, pumping into your nostrils.  Think raspberry candy, all grown-up and muscle-bound.  From the aroma, seems like this will be very bright and very big.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bold red fruit, but more settled in than the nose would suggest.  Bold, clean lines, and a deep, sweet minerality.  Brightness comes, but only after the sip as part of the long, slow but clean finish.  Brings a mixed basket of red fruits, with raspberry leading the charge, and coming in with a bit of dark seasoning to keep things real.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for its long-lasting redness on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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