Just two weeks ago we invited Portland to sample through a grand array of 100 different wines at our first-ever Squatters Tasting Event in Portland. Over 100 people came to taste, and one wine stole the show. Nearly every taster immediately took home bottles and we sold out of this wine first.
This wine is a creation from Lodi, California, with 85% Grenache and 15% Tempranillo. Both varieties are best known on the Iberian Peninsula as ingredients in the best wines of Spain, and as grapes used in the production of Port wines. Grenache is also famed as one of the main grapes of France’s Rhone Valley.
grapes are now taking hold here on the West Coast as producers test fun new varietals in the more arid growing regions most resembling the weather patterns in the traditional countries.
Displays a bright, vibrant ruby color with aromas of fresh cherries, raspberries and pomegranate fruit intermingled with sweet oak and savory spice. The flavors match the aromas with the pure, lively fruit washing over the palate with hints of cola, vanilla and fresh herbs. The velvety texture is highlighted by the bright acidity that carries the fruit through the smooth, supple and sensuous finish where the well integrated, powdery tannins complete the wine.
The spicy fruit flavors will pair perfectly with bold BBQ, game meats, hearty burgers and even Asian or East Indian dishes, but certainly can just be enjoyed as is, for years to come! But act fast. Only 146 cases of this wine were produced.
- Visit the Odisea website
- Link up with Odisea Wine Co. on MySpace
- Espavino.com has plenty of in-depth information about Spanish wines
- Discover more about France’s Rhone Valley
Have you tasted this wine? When you’ve had a chance to enjoy this wine, please return to this blog and leave your comments! Others will appreciate your input, unique viewpoint, and recommendations.