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Gather-"Decimo"-"Shake Ridge Vineyard" Amador County-2012

"Shake Ridge Vineyard"
Amador County


89% Tempranillo, 11% Graciano. 2nd vintage for tiny Napa producer. All “Shake Ridge Vineyard” Amador County fruit. 4 barrels (96 cases). Grapes co-fermented. French oak, 1 of the 4 barrels is new. Deep, dark core of blackberries and boysenberries. Anise, soy sauce, violets, cocoa, dried thyme, cola. Robust, rich and strong.
Hearty, fine tannins. Nice drinking in its youth. Even better come 2017. Pair with big-flavored foods (roast lamb, beef or goat).

Gather co-owner Andrew Shaheen writes:
"Our goal with Gather is to make the best wine possible, speaking to the place where the grapes originate. The word GATHER signifies the idea of bringing together : experiences and knowledge; food and wine; friends and family.  

"The inspiration for the label is a mushroom spore print from an old foraging guide we found from 1895.  We found it fitting; Though mushrooms are common, they are the fruiting body, which is only a glimpse of the entire organism that lies underground. As the reproductive vector like the grapes of a vine, the fruiting body opens and drops its spores in a pattern. This expression of the organism is a glimpse of a plexus, which has more depth than is readily apparent.

"Decimo, Spanish for 10th, refers to the 13th century king of Spain Alfonso X, who was advised to consume small bites of food with wine, as a curative. After said prescription succeeded, Alfonso X decreed across the land that all taverns must serve food, albeit a bite, with each glass of wine. This is among the oral histories behind tapas. It harkens the natural marriage of food and wine, not only for pleasure and balance, but for salutary purposes. The name is a nod to Tempranillo, the most noble of Spanish varietals."

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