RESA Sonoma Valley Grenache 2014

Included in: Reserve Club – October 2020
Regularly $85. Club member re-order: $75

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In 2003, after leaving his career in investment management law and equity analysis, Fredrik Johansson joined the harvest team with Outpost Wines which is where he dove headfirst into wine production. In 2007, he became the winemaker at Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, where he first crossed paths with Shannon Staglin. Shannon’s family purchased their vineyard when she was only six years old which is where her journey in wine began. 

Fredrik and Shannon quickly established a great professional relationship but more importantly a wonderful friendship. In fact, Shannon played matchmaker, introducing Fredrik with his now wife Carissa Mondavi. 

In 2013 Fredrik began a personal project to create Grenache-focused wines and in 2017 Shannon started a new venture focused on Pinot Noir. Shortly after, with the blessing of their families, they decided to join their complimentary talents and experience to create RESA wines. This project celebrates their passion for beautiful, expressive, nuanced red 

wines. The artwork on the bottle label is an original piece created by a good friend of the team, Richard Von Saal. It is an abstract line drawing inspired by collaboration, depicting two unique profiles, the one on the left is Fredrik and the one on the right is Shannon connected by a bright shared ribbon of thought signifying the convergence of the two journeys surrounding a bottle of wine. 

Effusive and spicy, the 2014 RESA Grenache is a vibrant dance of cinnamon-inflected mulled strawberries and rosemary smoked plums lifted by lavender top notes. The bright flavors, supple mouthfeel and fine-grained texture deliver wonderful balance and definitive pleasure. This wine was only released with 75 cases and is a hot commodity to acquire. 

The fruit and structure of this Grenache will fully agree with the chocolate flavor (and bright candy shell) of M&M’s. The chocolatey goodness of M&M’s are wonderfully matched to the bold flavors in this wine. 

Jennie Kaplan Woodson – October 2020

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