The Quantum Entanglements of Wine

Sometimes things come along that are new and exciting. And sometimes, they also happen to be decidedly, and unapologetically, delicious. Like our newly released, 2012 vintage GSM blend called “Entanglement.” (A new release, by the way, is a wine we have NEVER made before. A new vintage is the newly released year [a.k.a. vintage] of a wine we have previously made.)

 

GSM who?
 

GSM stands for Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. No, it has nothing to do with MSG. And no, it is not a GMS, though you may hear the letters SGM when someone refers to a blend from Down Under, as they like Syrah-heavy blends (or “Shiraz,” as they say – same grape, different name). A GSM blend is nothing new.  It has been the happening blend in the Rhône region for years (read: over a century).  You may have heard the name of one of the most famous examples: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the AOCs in the Rhône well-known for its beautiful examples of GSM blends. The great thing about blends is that each grape brings its own special something to the party – and when they get down – we all win.


Party down, people, party down

 

What are you bringing to the party?
 

Grenache.   In Spanish, this grape is known as "Garnacha". When I was pouring wine in the Tasting Room, a customer once told me that the phrase “a la garnacha” in Central America means “to beat” or “violently.” He said it refers to the way the sun beats down on the grapes there, slapping the back of one hand against the palm of the other for emphasis. Grenache does love hot, dry-climate areas.
Grenache is bringing… fruit, alcohol and a hint of spice.

Syrah.   Probably the most well-known of the three grapes to the average American consumer, Syrahs are some of the darkest, fullest-bodied wines out there. I’m talking fuller than a Cab. Oh yeah, baby, pour me a Syrah any day. This big, bad grape loves a long, cold soak after being picked; this soak helps to reduce some of the harsh tannin found in the grape.
Syrah is bringing… structure and boldness with dark fruit and earth.

Mourvèdre.   It is quite possible you may not have heard of this one. It is actually referred as “estrangle-chien” in French, which translates to "dog strangler" – lovely, right? It earns this name due to its extremely high tannin content. Because of this (and its rich color) it is often used as a blending grape. If you want to try it as a single-varietal wine, look for a Monastrell from Spain (Mourvèdre & Monastrell – another case of same grape, different name).
Mourvèdre is bringing… tannins and finish.

2012 Entanglement

Right away, this bottle captured my attention. I’m always partial to the soft, sloping shoulder of the Rhône bottle shape. Plus the cartouche (pronounced car-TOOSH) of the raised logo is really – dare I say it?- snazzy. Yes, snazzy. And the name – Entanglement – is just so enticing. I can't wait to get entangled in the wine.


The cartouche on our 2012 Entanglement

And then there’s the wine in the bottle. The first sniff transports you to a briar patch in the redwoods, and the first sip will make you fall in love. Black plum, black cherry and warm rhubarb pie, topped with just the perfect touch of fresh strawberries.

Pairing suggestion: Of course, this is a great wine for a rich meal – think pepper steak, lamb, or bison. Keep it simple and pan sear them before finishing in the oven. The spice in the wine will echo the pepper on the steak and make for a great pairing.
Dark chocolate is another friend to this wine, just stay away from fruit or highly acidic foods.

Questions or comments? Leave 'em below and I'll shoot you an email back!

And always – ENJOY!

 

The Future’s So Bright!

 

On Saturday, January 24th, V. Sattui will host our annual Barrel Tasting & New Release Party.  Like all of our events, this party is a lot of fun and offers the chance to enjoy our wines, some great food and wine pairings, and groove to live music.  But what makes this party special is the great opportunity guests have to taste wines straight from the barrel and purchase wine Futures from us.

What are Futures?

Definition:  Wines still aging in the barrel.  Purchasing wine Futures is a practice that has been going for centuries in France, where they call it en primeur. V. Sattui is one of the first Napa Valley wineries to also offer wine futures, and we have been doing so for more than 30 years.  Our Barrel Tasting Party is the very first opportunity to taste and purchase the previous year's vintage straight from the barrel. Throughout the remainder of the year, members have the opporutinty to enjoy barrel tasting in our private Cellar Club.  Barrel sampling is also offered to non-members by request for $25 per person.

If you’re convinced that a particular wine is destined to be a great one, you may pre-purchase the wine by the case with a 50% deposit, automatically locking in a lower pre-release price.

Why should I buy Futures?

By purchasing the wine early, customers have the opportunity to purchase a wine dramataically below the release price.  Once you've purchased Futures, during later visits you may taste your wines as they mature and develop in the barrel.  After the wine is bottled, we send notice to you for the balance remaining, and instruction for shipping or pickup.

How to Pick a Winner

When tasting wine from a barrel, remember that the wine is not finished! They are young, a bit wild and unruly; much like a teenager!

"A young wine will be fresh with bright acidity, show some aspects of the yeasty, fermentation aromas, and may have “new barrel” Brooks Painter - 2013 & 2015 Winemaker of the Year!bouquet,” says our Director of Winemaking, Brooks Painter.  

It is wise to taste the current vintage of the wine that is already in the bottle, after tasting it's younger version from the barrel, so you can compare the finished wine to the wine in progress.  This also gives you a literal taste of wine education as you follow a wine to see how it ages in a barrel and in the bottle.  When you purchase futures at V. Sattui we encourage you to return to the tasting room and keep tasting “your wine” as it ages in the barrel over the course of a 2-3 year period.

A Wise Investment

According to InvestorIdeas.com, investors in fine wine can make a healthy profit. However, most of us buy wine futures for pure enjoyment. Purchasing Futures gives you a chance to taste and acquire limited release wines, many of which sell out or are unavailable later.  It also offers the opportunity to save money on the wines that you love, since many of them appreciate in price once they are bottled and sold.  In addition, V. Sattui club members who purchase wine Futures at our Barrel Tasting Party receive 20% off a case of futures. 

Whether you attend our annual Barrel Tasting Party or not, we do hope you’ll explore the world of wine Futures with us.  It’s a fun way to learn about wine and to secure some extraordinary wines at a great price.  See you in the Cellar Club!