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2013 Clos de Gilroy
Wine Specs
75% grenache, 17% syrah, 8% mourvèdre
Central Coast
Vineyard Designation
61% Alta Loma, 18% Ventana, 13% Alamo Creek, 8% Del Barba
7.2 g/L
Drink now - 2019
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Alcohol %

2013 Clos de Gilroy

Monterey County Grenache

2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medalist

Grenache’s exceptionally lovely strawberry-rhubarbarity is complemented by delicate notes of raspberry, kirsch, red currant, and white pepper. It’s the perfect foil for anything prepared al fresco, especially when anointed with olive oil.

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.
91 Points, Wine Review Online “Randall Grahm, proprietor of Bonny Doon, is a winemaker who sets his own course and follows it. Far before lower alcohol wines became the new mantra of California (let’s hope that’s not going to be a passing fad) Grahm was making well-proportioned flavorful wines. And he continues to do so as this 2013 Clos de Gilroy demonstrates. The flavors in this mid-weight wine sneak up on you and persist. It doesn’t hit you over the head with power, but rather seduces you with persistent spicy and fruity notes that change with each sip. A subtle bitterness in the finish adds to its allure. It would be perfect for drinking tonight with anything from a roast chicken to a hearty pasta dish.” Michael Apstein, May 13, 2014
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
Vineyard Notes
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.
Production Notes
3,400 cases
Winemaker Notes
Pronunciation: kloh duh gill-roy | Label Artist: Chuck House
Food Pairing Notes
Peppered ahi tuna steak.
Other Notes
Serving Temperature: 53-55º F
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