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Groundwork Grenache, Central Coast

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Groundwork Grenache, Central Coast FOOD & WINE Wine Club Groundwork Grenache, Central Coast
Winery Sans Liege
Grape Grenache
Year 2011
Country United States
Appellation Central Coast

$20.00 per bottle

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A frost on the Central Coast cut crop yields in 2011, lending concentration to this surprisingly complex Grenache.
What You Need To Know
Independent-minded winemaker Curt Schalchlin fashions whatever wines he likes under his small Sans Liege label, which he translates roughly as “without allegiance.” Schalchlin worked as an unpaid “cellar rat” in Santa Barbara County for years, shadowing winemakers he admired and doing grunt work such as hauling hoses and cleaning tanks. In 2003 he made his first barrel of wine; the next year he made a few more, all from Rhône varietals. A decade in, Schalchlin’s still fashioning tiny lots of Rhône-inspired reds and whites, sourced from superb coastal sites, and still doing all the grunt work himself. His entry-level Grenache blends fruit from three vineyards; its dusty plum flavors offer surprising complexity for the price.
Smell It
Smell It
Fresh raspberry, cherry and cola scents.
Taste It
Taste It
Exuberant plum and white pepper flavors with a minerally edge.
Serve It
Serve It
Decant and serve at cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Poultry and game birds, pork.