Quivira Grenache 2005

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In 2006 we made at least four separate passes through the vineyard selectively dropping clusters from weak shoots or ones that had been bleached by the sun. After the final drop we had reduced the yield down to 3.25 tons per acre. This reduced crop load allowed the vines to focus all their energy on the remaining fruit giving us far greater concentration than we had ever seen from these vines in the past. I am sure that this severe selection is what gave us a wine that moves past the simple strawberry aromatics of many a new‐world Grenache, and shows the more savory and spicy notes that are found in the great wines of the southern Rhone Valley. I often describe Grenache as being Pinot Noir’s more gregarious cousin from the south. Sure, it is not the most tannic or darkest of wines, but remember that you can’t taste color. Where its appeal lies is in its velvety texture and seductive nose of spice, earth and fruit. It is also one of the most versatile wines at the table.

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Quivira Vineyards & Winery:
Quivira is committed to making the finest wines that showcase the unique terrior of Dry Creek Valley. Quivira specializes in small-lot wines from varietals specifically matched to the soils, seasonal strength of sun, and coastal influenced nights that accentuate the unique characteristics that flow from the vine directly to the wine. The quality of our wines is an honest reflection of our commi... Read more
Quivira is committed to making the finest wines that showcase the unique terrior of Dry Creek Valley. Quivira specializes in small-lot wines from varietals specifically matched to the soils, seasonal strength of sun, and coastal influenced nights that accentuate the unique characteristics that flow from the vine directly to the wine. The quality of our wines is an honest reflection of our commitment to this land, Biodynamic agriculture and our dedication to artisan winemaking. Quivira has been a Demeter-certified Biodynamic and organic winery since 2005 and is guided by a deeply-held principle of careful stewardship of the land and all its creatures. Environmentally conscious winegrowing and winemaking is a way of life at Quivira and the difference can be seen at the estate and tasted in the wines. The Quivira estate comprises four distinct vineyards within the Dry Creek Valley appellation in Sonoma County with a total of 93 acres of vines. In addition to Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc, Quivira grows several Rhone varieties such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Winemaker Hugh Chappelle works closely with Quivira's vineyard crew to capture the truest expression of each varietal from Quivira's vineyards. Tasting Room Hours Open daily 11:00am to 5:00pm, except major holidays. Read less
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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Snooth User: vino4rc
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4.00 5
02/16/2009

There are not a lot of Grenache that I like but this one is a nice combination of red berries and caramel. Very drinkable and an excellent food wine.



In 2006 we made at least four separate passes through the vineyard selectively dropping clusters from weak shoots or ones that had been bleached by the sun. After the final drop we had reduced the yield down to 3.25 tons per acre. This reduced crop load allowed the vines to focus all their energy on the remaining fruit giving us far greater concentration than we had ever seen from these vines in the past. I am sure that this severe selection is what gave us a wine that moves past the simple strawberry aromatics of many a new‐world Grenache, and shows the more savory and spicy notes that are found in the great wines of the southern Rhone Valley. I often describe Grenache as being Pinot Noir’s more gregarious cousin from the south. Sure, it is not the most tannic or darkest of wines, but remember that you can’t taste color. Where its appeal lies is in its velvety texture and seductive nose of spice, earth and fruit. It is also one of the most versatile wines at the table.

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