Our most fruit-forward GSM blend features layers of rich fruit from Grenache, Counoise, and Petite Sirah. It's redolent with red cherry and red raspberry that is surrounded by savory notes of dried herbs, garrigue, and tobacco with a hint of red velvet cake on the finish. This medium body wine is smooth yet multi-layered with a bright and elegant finish. This wine is a welcoming little mosaic, which pairs with many foods, and you will keep coming back for more!
The wine's name honors the first winemakers in Placerville, the Bronson Brothers, who established a nursery and vineyard in Smith Flat, just across the street from the present-day Smith Flat House, and began producing wines in 1857. For a number of years, they were the largest winemakers in the County. From the top of the ridge above our Amphitheater, you can see the site of their vineyard. One hundred sixty-three years later, their vision survives in this lovely GSM blend.
26% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 18% Mourvèdre, 12% Petite Sirah, 9% Counoise, 7% Cinsaut, 5% Roussanne
|Appellation:||El Dorado AVA|
|Vines:||Planted 2013, 2014, and 2015.|
|Elevation:||2,300-2,400 feet. Grenache and Mourvèdre are planted near the top of the hill, where they bask in the afternoon sun, as does Petite Sirah, which is planted on a south-facing slope just below the lake. Syrah and Roussanne grow on cooler north and east slopes near the Tasting Room, while Cinsaut is planted in the cooler part of the vineyard, at the bottom of the hill, preserving its delicate aromas.|
|Cellaring:||18 months in 35% new French oak, 65% neutral|
|Bottling Date:||August 3, 2020|
Food Pairing Suggestions
Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola, Slow Cooked Pulled Pork in Root Beer BBQ Sauce, Grilled Spiced Halloumi and Watermelon Skewers