Valley Mills GSL
Tasting Notes from Winemaker: Several years ago I put together a blend which is a Southern Rhone classic and is often attributed to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. ‘GSM’ is more an Australian short hand for the three variety blend. I’ve tried the blend in other places in the US but the Mourvèdre component of the blend just never seemed to work well. I’ve been on the look out for a grape varietal which might take it’s place. Fortunately enough, we have an excellent grower who is producing some wonderful Black Spanish (also known as Lenoir). This varietal has been used mostly for port style wines for its body and depth of color. Lenoir brought to the GSL blend not only what Mourvèdre seem to lack but also a nice complexity. The aromas are of chocolate, dark caramel, toast and hints of spice. There is a rich, dark fruit palate of plums, blackberry and dark cherry with a hint of sage on the finish.