2017 Tessier Fenaughty Vineyard Grenache, El Dorado, California (750 ml)

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Kristie Tacey, winemaker and founder of Tessier Winery is a scientist turned winemaker. A former published research scientist who studied protein pathways, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from her native Michigan to pursue a career in biotechnology, which included working on the Human Genome Project. Kristie eventually came to realize that winemaking was her true calling and after working as operations manager and assistant winemaker at an award-winning East Bay winery, she started Tessier in 2009. She began handcrafting small lots of Pinot Noir and has added Grenache, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc, Gamay Noir, Riesling, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Kristie’s appreciation of French wines—especially those from Burgundy and the Loire and Rhone valleys—has shaped her winemaking choices.

Translucent garnet color with bold aromatics of macerated strawberries, plum and rose jam. The palate bursts with fresh black cherry, cassis with a touch of back tea and a beautiful texture. The tannin is nicely met by perfectly balanced acid on the long, juicy finish. This wine was made from 100% Alban clone Grenache that was sustainably grown at 2850 feet. The. Grapes were carefully harvested, hand-sorted and fermented (25% whole cluster and lovingly lady-foot-stomped) for maximum phenolics. The wine was then aged in neutral French oak barrels before bottling.

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