"Cuvee Cooper - Alban Clone" California
Napa Winery TOR KENWARD gets Grenache (75%) and Syrah (25%) from Paso Robles. West Paso, with a view of the Pacific, meaning a relatively cool climate for the region. Pours out light, brilliant ruby red. Smell and taste wild strawberries, black pepper, cinnamon, licorice, raspberries. Opens up quickly, getting more rich and intense. 250 cases made.
From January 25, 2017 Newsletter:
Dan enjoyed the Rock Grenache at Napa's TORC restaurant a week before Christmas. Chosen off the wine list as a lead-in to a gorgeous 2007 Favia Cabernet, the Grenache, to its credit, held its own when tasted side-by-side. Rock's berry preserves-like fruit, concentration and intensity was also an equal match to the dry-aged New York Strip.
ROCK "Cuvee Cooper" is west-side Paso Robles Grenache with 25% Syrah. The wine pours out a light, brilliant ruby red: surprisingly light color, in fact, as it suggests a lighter wine. Not to worry: 20 minutes of glass time, with occasional swirling, does the trick. Smell and taste wild strawberries, black pepper, cinnamon, licorice, raspberries. It gets richer with every passing minute. As noted, this is ready to take on a grilled, fatty steak. That said, #1 food pairing suggestion is a garlic & herb-rubbed roast chicken. 250 cases made.