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Austin Hope Grenachetext
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Austin Hope Grenache 2014

Templeton Gap District, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, Central Coast, California, United StatesThe ’14 is super dark in the glass, and the nose an intense mix of dried black cherries and raisins with a strong savoury undercurrent flecked with brown spicing and rich vanilla notes. Hedonistic and voluptuous, and this year is all about power and heat in the finish with just enough acidity to keep in in line. There is a tip of the hat to grenache-based Châteauneuf du Pape. Try this with barbecue ribs or grilled lamb or whole oven-roasted chicken. The Austin Hope Grenache is a mix of three clones: Tablas Creek Vine Selection #2, Clone 362, Garnacha Clone 814 (Spain), all of which a testament to the detail employed at the winery. The vineyard is all high-density, the fruit is all handpicked and fermented separately by vineyard block in five-ton, open-top tanks. It's aged eight months in 35 percent new French oak.Tasted: 27 March 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: AB 41.00 private wine shops QC 43.50 SAQ BC 59.99 private wine shops NS 47.99 NSLC US 55.00 winery direct Producer: Hope Family WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Grenache Noir/Garnacha