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Pharaoh Moans Paso Robles Grenache 2017

PharaohMoans GrenacheWe are pleased to offer you an allocation of our Rhone-style wine from the Westside of Paso Robles. PharaohMoans 20176 Grenache will ship this fall, weather-permitting.

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The PharaohMoans 2017 Grenache vineyard (our 362 clone originating from Spain) is situated on complete limestone soils at a high elevation with head trained vines. The Grenache was aged in large puncheons for 18 months. It has a beautiful texture, offering flavors of crushed strawberries, creamy cassis and exotic red fruits, and finishes with bright herbal notes, minerality and smoky aromas. This wine will age gracefully for the next 8 to 10 years.

We produced only two barrels (50 cases) of our PharaohMoans 2016 Grenache. We know what you are thinking! How do I can my paws on both wines? Given our unusually small production of Grenache 2017, we are giving the Grenache away to our most loyal customers as a gesture of our gratitude as we release our 18th vintage of these delicious wines. We figured this would be easier than saying, “Sorry its sold out already.” So, for each six-pack of PharaohMoans 2017 Syrah you claim, you will receive a complimentary bottle of PharaohMoans 2017 Grenache “while supplies last”.

It will ship this Fall, weather permitting. We encourage you to secure your allocation now, as quantities are limited. Each six-bottle allocation remains $570 plus California sales tax and shipping.

- Jeb Dunnuck, December 2018

"Brilliant red. Heady, intensely perfumed aromas of red fruit preserves, incense and potpourri, lifted by a spicy pepper nuance. Stains the palate with deeply concentrated yet lithe, spice-laced Chambord and cherry cola flavors; mineral and lavender pastille notes build in the glass. Shows outstanding tension and focus on the subtly tannic finish, which emphatically repeats the floral and spice notes. There's something eerily Pinot Noir-like going on here."
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2018

"Floral and cherries with hints of sandalwood and strawberries. Medium-bodied, linear and refined. Shows that Paso can make the real deal with Grenache. Drink now."
-James Suckling, June 2018

"Tasted from barrel, the 2016 Grenache (which was fermented with 5% to 10% stems) reveals lovely aromas of sweet red berries, dried flowers and white pepper. On the palate, it's full-bodied, expansive and youthfully chewy, with a ripe core of sweet fruit and a firm, spicy finish."
- The Wine Advocate/Robert Parker, May 2018

"Deep ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, cherry, potpourri and peppery spices, and a suggestion of incense adds an exotic twist. Stains the palate with sappy black raspberry and cherry cola flavors that are given a spicy edge by a late jolt of white pepper. Conveys a suave combination of richness and energy and closes on a spicy note, delivering impressive focus, harmonious tannins and strong persistence."
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous, November 2017

"A very fine-textured grenache with dried strawberries and spices. Medium-bodied, polished and sexy. Delightful wine. Only 85 cases made."
- James Suckling, December 2016

"The 2014 Grenache is a beautiful, ripe and full-bodied wine that has the standard seamless texture that's the hallmark of all of winemaker Guillaume Fabre's wines. Made from 100% Grenache that saw just a touch of whole cluster and 18 months in neutral oak, this beauty's vibrant purple color is followed by notes of kirsch, blackberries, ground herbs, graphite and toasted spice. These give way to a sexy, polished Grenache that has terrific concentration, impressive purity of fruit and ripe, sweet tannin. It's already hard to resist, and I see no need to hold off either."
- eRobertParker, August 2016

"Aged 17 months in neutral barrels, the 2012 Grenache exhibits pretty notes of camphor, kirsch, dried cherries and balsam to go with a full-bodied, supple, sexy and forward style on the palate that's about as easy drinking as they come. Drink this total charmer over the coming 5-7 years."
-, August 2015

"Pure, ripe and refreshing, with graceful, snappy raspberry, black cherry and black licorice flavors, ending with touches of dried herb and anise. Drink now through 2024."
- James Laube, Wine Spectator, December 2014

As you are aware, the PharaohMoans label is a replica of the Rosetta Stone, which in 1822 finally decoded the hieroglyphic script. The dull text (which refers to tax breaks for priests) was inscribed in three languages, Greek, demotic Egyptian and hieroglyphics. We've just learned about a recent discovery at the British Museum of a fourth language on the Rosetta stone. The relic was fought over by French and British troops at the end of the Napoleonic wars, and finally taken to London. On the side of the stone, painted in English, one can read, "Captured in Egypt by the British Army in 1801." We think our English label inspired them to check!

We hope you will enjoy this world class rhone-style wine. Nunc Est Bibendum! ("Now we drink!")

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