2015 Grenache Noir
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.
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