Light garnet with bricking edges. A perfect Grenache color and density. THE most effusive floral perfume on the nose, like walking into a floral shop–not quite Christmas, but still a dried cranberry acid vibrancy and fig newton pie spice density prevails with a heavy nod to cinnamon. Transparent lightness defies the near-candy experience, everything clear and delicate and somehow concentrated enough to give spicy reverence to the full fruit and make you wonder how is this even possibly El Dorado County?!?
I somewhat cut my teeth in El Dorado and Amador in the 80’s and 90’s and do not remember tasting ANY wines like this. Even Santa Barbara has a hard time making a Grenache this light! This is straight-up brilliance and with a nod to IPOB and all things Euro with the low alcohol and fabulous transparency against vibrant acid.
Flat-out angelic candied fruit in the mouth. Ethereal butterfly and dense bee-sting, this Grenache just hits on so many levels and never commits any crimes. No oxidation, no alcohol, no overt ripeness, no over-brightness, No disgusting fruitiness, no flabbiness, NOTHING many Grenaches suffer from, just straight-up Angelic candied fruit perfection.
2014 THE WITHERS Bel Canto El Dorado Grenache/Mourvedre/Syrah 73/22/5 13.7