Eric Kent, Grenache Noir 2018, Flora Marie Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA
The latest installment from the outstanding Flora Marie vineyard in the Russian River Valley! And man, oh man, are you going to love this one.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Russian River
REGION: Sonoma County
SUB-REGION: East Russian River Valley
VINEYARDS: Flora Marie Vineyard
PRACTICE: Sustainable farming & winemaking
COLOR: Dark purple
BODY: Full Body (6-7)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Black fruits, strawberries, raspberries, cracked black pepper
FLAVOR: Red warm berries, dusty Sonoma hillside, dried sage, and anise components. Ripe tannins and nice acidity keep it bright and fresh.
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
Black pepper brisket, charred Ribeye, venison with dark bitter cocoa sauce, seared duck breast with blackberry jam sauce and black pepper.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD: Flora Marie
Perched on a benchland to the east of the Russian River, the Flora Marie Vineyard is positioned well to benefit from the morning sun with its eastern-oriented slope. Own by the Local Russian River Native Indian Tribe, Flora Marie is exactly located on the eastside road of Russian River Valley, Upon Hillside to the east of the river, with an eastern-oriented slope for the Grenache Noir ( Clone: Alban). The soil is quintessential RRV Goldridge. (The soil has a dark, yellowish, fine, sandy loam surface over a subsoil of golden yellow, sandy loam, and fractured sandstone.)
ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Kent Humphrey
“I feel as if I've lived three entirely different adult lives: one in academics, one in advertising, and now one in wine. The first two were quite successful in their own ways and I'm deeply grateful for them both. But they say the third time's a charm and I wholeheartedly agree!
Of course, this work is hard, sometimes stressful, and often less glamorous than one might imagine… but it's also fascinating, exhilarating, inspiring, and rewarding like nothing else I've ever done. The way I see it, making wine, discovering new art, and sharing them both with others is about as good as it gets. To our many customers who make this possible, I offer my most sincere thanks. I raise my glass to each and every one of you!” *
LABEL ARTIST: Paul Kozal