Amazing to realize that, as I write this, it’s the second anniversary of moving into my house! There’s definitely nowhere I’d rather be, and I couldn’t afford to give up my relatively cheapo mortgage even if I wanted to!
Nah, I’m kidding. Thanks for another wonderful year, house. And thanks for giving Johnny a great home. He loves running up and down the stairs, doing his Neighborhood Watch duties from the front door, and tromping through the backyard.
You know what this calls for, of course. A celebration!
I opened up one of my newest arrivals, 2021 Turley Wine Cellars Pesenti Vineyard Grenache. It’s a new addition to the wines available through Turley’s mailing list. Grenache originated in the Rhône in France, and is the main grape in the lauded Châteauneuf-du-Pape blends. This wine comes from Turley’s Pesenti Vineyard in Paso Robles:
Being that the vineyard lies a mere 8 miles from the coast, the Willow Creek District of the Paso Robles AVA experiences a Mediterranean-style climate with warm days and cold nights. In fact, Paso Robles has some of the most extreme temperature swings of any grape-growing region.
It’s got a pretty garnet color and a lot of legs. I get black cherry and something earthy, a bit like tobacco, on the nose. The black cherry and tobacco continue onto the palate. Tannins aren’t too heavy, mostly around my tongue and lower front teeth. This will pair great with anything earthy. I had mushroom and lentil Bolognese (thanks, CookUnity!), and it ended up being a terrific match. I’m going to try to hold on to the other bottle I bought and see how it does in a few years!
Cheers to you, and cheers to Wiz Manor!