2014 Zuidema Grenache from Napa Valley. This was his inaugural release of Grenache which combines delicate finesse with the subtle power of Grenache. Rudy describes it as “the aromas are made up of white pepper, bright rhubarb, strawberry and blood orange peel. The bright acidity in the mid palate bursts with mixed berries, holiday spice and layers of anise and tarragon”. Even the finish gives a hint of the Old World with it being “rustic and not perfectly polished”. At a recent tasting with friends, most agreeing with the color being ruby to brick red, with cranberry fruit, having a spicy oak flavoring, yet showing the minerality of dry farming. See more details on a previous story on Zuidema Wines at:
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I prepared a new dish called Diablo Chicken with chili peppers, corn, onions, sriracha, hot salsa, mushrooms and few spices over rice.