2014 GSM, California
Red Cherry, Violet, Crushed Thyme
- Hand harvested September10 - October 5, 2014 in the morning cool
- Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels (40% new)
George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
In 2014, Grenache and Syrah were sourced from Paso Robles while the Mourvèdre hails from Contra Costa County. The thoughtful combination of these three grapes showcases the best of each grape to unite together into a symphony of taste and scent.
Grenache grapes contribute rich, spicy, berry flavors. Grown in the San Miguel area of Paso Robles, this hearty grape enjoys the complex soils and constant, cool coastal breeze.
Syrah, a dark skinnned red wine grape displays a myriad of dark fruit flavors. The west side of Paso Robles produced the Syrah in steep, calcium-rich soil. The peppery, earthy depth of this grape delights the senses.
Mourvèdre (aka Mataró) was grown on 100-year-old vines from Sandy Lane Vineyard. Sandy Lane Vineyard overlooks the delta and is deemed “the oldest inter-planted vineyard in California.” Eastern Contra Costa County has been a reputable wine region since the late 1800s. Cool afternoon breezes blowing through the San Joaquin and Sacramento River delta temper the warm daytime temperatures during the growing season. Soils consist of sandy loams that offer near-perfect drainage.
In early 2014, most California winemakers fretted over the possibility of a third consecutive drought year, but ultimately celebrated an outstanding vintage. January brought dry, seasonable temperatures and February saw one storm but the relief was short-lived. Budbreak in March was up to three weeks early while a cool April throttled growth. Bloom in May and berry set in June were favorable as conditions remained warm, clear, and accelerated. Veraison, the onset of ripening, occurred in mid-July; early August was quite warm, but a return to cooler temperatures slowed development and allowed the formation of deep colors and flavors. The early harvest had average-sized yields, but the consistent weather produced stellar wines despite the drought.