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Today is International Grenache Day & one of the best ones I have enjoyed is the 2014 Austin Hope Grenache!!! 🍷💯 It is an outstanding Grenache with a label that had a great backstory. On Austin and Celeste Hope’s honeymoon, an elephant painted the label on the bottle. A WINE connection to tomorrow’s National Elephant Appreciation Day! 🐘🍷
Enter Drawing to WIN a Bottle of 2014 Austin Hope Grenache & a Nate Catterman Decanter.
1. Follow: @licensed_to_decant
2. Comment on this post what your favorite Elephant fact was that we shared this week in our posts.
Drawing will be announced Sunday, Sept 30th. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Austin Hope Grenache is comprised of three Grenache clones, Tablas Creek Vine Selection #2
, Clone 362, Garnacha Clone 814 (Spain). The vineyard is planted in high-density, 5’ x 5’ spacing and managed carefully to keep cluster counts low. At harvest, the grapes are hand-picked and fermented separately by vineyard block in five-ton, open-top tanks with daily pump overs and extended maceration. It aged for 8 months in 35% New French Oak.
Deep ruby colored, the 2014 Austin Hope Grenache has an aromatic intensity marked by dried red and black cherry, strawberries and rhubarb, while dusty saddle leather, dried rose petals, savory herbs, cardamom and sweet vanilla add to its complexity. On the palate, bright, juicy red fruits along with big, gripping tannins show just how elegant and powerful Grenache can be, while being perfectly balanced by the acidity.
Score - Wine Spectator- 92 🐘
Plump and deeply structured, with expressive licorice and black raspberry aromas and layered blueberry, smoky cracked pepper and dried sage flavors that linger toward big but refined tannins.- Tim Fish
Score - Wine Enthusiast- 90
Roasted blueberry aromas meet prune, caramel and purple flower notes on the nose of this port-like bottling, which is rich and inviting but not very reminiscent of Grenache. It's soft and thick on the palate, with caramel, fudge and coffee candy flavors, and would make a great pairing for dessert.-Matt, @mattkettmann