75% grenache, 17% syrah, 8% mourvèdre
61% Alta Loma, 18% Ventana, 13% Alamo Creek, 8% Del Barba
Drink now - 2019
2013 Clos de Gilroy
Monterey County Grenache
$20 per bottle / $216 per case
$17 per bottle / $192 per case (Members)
We aim for weapons-grade fruit from our sundry Grenache vineyards, with the intent of producing killer Cigare, but sometimes we end up Clos (but no Cigare). Very pretty opalescent ruby color. Exceptional spicebox nose: black pepper with hints of clove/gingerbread, bing cherry, red currant and Santa Rosa plum. Very soft, plush tannins in the mouth; this is the genius of Grenache. Refreshing, savory texture, making this a wine that pairs exceptionally well with a range of dishes, not the least being a peppered ahi tuna steak. Best served with a slight chill, especially as the weather warms up.
92 Points, Wine Review Online Winemaker Randall Grahm was among the first in California to embrace the so-called Rhone grape varieties, and he's still one of the best at it. These grapes, historically grown in France's Rhone Valley, are loaded with quirky personality, much like Mr. Grahm himself. His Grenache has always been a highlight, with its succulent, juicy red-fruited bent. What Grahm does, however, that is most admirable is exercise restraint with this grape that has a tendency to get very ripe and produce high-alcohol reds. Grahm prefers to retain the freshness and minerality that is commonly found in the wines from the Rhone, and he manages to keep the alcohol in check (though this vintage comes in at 14 percent). Seductive and spicy, it has a long, clean finish with a suggestion of tannic grip at the very end. Beautiful." Robert Whitley, Oct 21, 2014
For a long time I went to bed aïoli, clovèd in nothing but the barest essential oils. The Wine Formerly Known as Clos de Gilroy (TWFKaCdG) pays homage to the quaint, rustic town of Gilroy, the spiritual locus of all matters alliaceous. However, note well, the fruit for this wine does not, despite its name, derive from Gilroy (clos, but no Cigare), but instead from the Alta Loma vineyard in Greenfield (a particularly cool site for grenache) the gravelly Alamo Creek Vineyard near Santa Maria and some truly ancient mourvèdre vines in the sleepy Sacramento Delta town of Oakley, CA. Grenache is really the star of the show, and the wine exhibits all the hallmarks of exceptional coolth—bright raspberries, red fruit, a strong suggestion of white pepper, and a supple, lingering finish.
Pronunciation: kloh duh gill-roy | Label Artist: Chuck House
Food Pairing Notes
Peppered ahi tuna steak.
Serving Temperature: 53-55º F