Silver Image “Gout de la Vigne” Grenache 2017

Napa Valley
$50 (Wine Club Reorder Price $45)

I discovered this wine on a recent trip to Sonoma, where I visited a tiny husband/wife operation named Schermeister (keep an eye out for their Viognier or Pinot in future wine clubs). My second appointment ended up cancelling so I did a quick google and saw that Eric Ross was right across the street and available to host us last minute. Thankfully so, seeing as this Grenache is in your wine club this month!

Eric Ross is a cozy little winery located in the quaint little town of Glen Ellen in Sonoma. Prior to winemaking Eric explored the world as a Photographer’s Mate in the US Navy and after college he worked for The San Francisco Chronicle, which is when he started spending time photographing wine country. Mesmerized by Napa and Sonoma, he started taking classes at UC Davis before officially launching Eric Ross in 1994. To Eric, making wine is like being a chef; it all starts with high quality ingredients. He makes wines that honor the terrior they are sourced from and from his years of experience has learned how to let each vineyard’s personality show in your glass.

You can find Eric’s photography on the labels of his Silver Image wines, one of his three lines of wines; the others being Eric Ross Wines and Struttin’ Red. Silver Image showcases two of Eric’s approaches to Rhone wines with a Viognier and Gout de la Vigne (“taste of the vine”), a blend of Grenache and Syrah. Having photography on his labels is fitting for a photographer but even more indicative of the similarities in his two crafts.

This is a cool climate Rhone Blend from the Silver Image Vineyard in The Carneros of Napa. Mostly Grenache with a bit of Syrah creating jammy robust mocha layers with sophisticated French Oak integration in this full bodied wine. I love a good Grenache because it is bright, fruity, and powerful. It has enough structure to pair with a hearty roast but enough elegance to pair with a grilled tuna steak.

Taylor Morgan – March 2021

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