After a visit to Oyamel last evening, I had a craving to crack open a bottle of Baja California Grenache scored from a recent visit to the Witch Creek Winery tasting room in Historic Julian, California.
The 2006 Guadalupe Valley Grenache opens with alluring red fruit aromas--strawberry, raspberry with a whiff of toasted oak and spice. Fairly light in body, the wine delivers loads of juicy fruit flavors with integrated oak. Finishes off with soft and gentle tannins. Its a fabulous summer-sipper, especially served slightly chilled. A definite far cry from the often green and stemmy examples of Grenache coming out of the Borja region of spain.
The winery only sells direct at its homebase in Carlsbad or the tasting room in Julian.