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2015 Grenache Noir

2015 Grenache Noir

Grenache Noir is a traditional component of classic rosé and one of our favorite varietals when bottled on its own. Our 2015 Malene Grenache Noir displays the exuberant black fruit flavors and rich, spice characteristics typically found in Grenache from cool coastal climates. Light ruby in color, this wine opens with aromas of wild strawberry, pomegranate, leading into hints of lilac and dried sage. The palate is bright and textured, with notes of licorice, tobacco and cherry liqueur. This wine can be aged for up to five years.

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Our Grenache Noir is sourced from Morro View vineyard, located close to Chamisal Vineyard in the Edna Valley. Morro View is a very temperate vineyard with calcareous shale and loam soils that produce darkly colored, spice driven wines. Sitting on a northwest facing slope that captures the full brunt of the maritime winds, this vineyard is well suited for growing this Rhone varietal.



The grapes for our Grenache Noir are hand-picked and sorted in the cool evenings of harvest. They are then destemmed and transfered to open top fermentors. A five day cold soak with gentle cap manipulation is followed by a relatively controlled, gentle ferment. The wine is then pressed to 25% new French oak barrels for 18 months to impart complexity and a round mouthfeel.

Food Pairing

Malene Grenache Noir can be enjoyed with a wide variety of foods. Its layered versatility allows for pairing with both light and heavier dishes, including:

Ratatouille; Beef Carpaccio; Pasta Puttanesca; Grillades; Roasted Rabbit Leg; Duck Confit

Tikka Masala; Tandori Chicken; Lamb Biryani; Korma; Chana Masala; Aloo Gobi

Pork Carnitas; Posole; Chicken Tostada; Barbacoa; Chorizo Tacos; 

Pork Tenderloin; Stuffed Eggplant; Fire-Roasted Tomatos with Pasta; Grilled Vegetables; Roasted Turkey

Wine Analysis

Wine Specs
Edna Valley
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