Had this spectacular wine last night with seasoned pork chop and a Yukon potato. The wine was an excellent complement to this slightly spicy pork chop. Rudy Zuidema’s 2016 Grenache is his third release. You can read more on the background of this project at: https://californiawinesandwineries.com/…/zuidema-wines…/ .
His Clone 515 Grenache from Chateauneuf du Pape heritage continues to produce a delightful summer and fall wine. Minerality and a rustic flare still persists in the wine, but the 2016 is aromatic with black cherry and as Rudy states “notes of cocoa and fig newton”. Add to this plum and soft tannins it surrounds the spicy edginess of the pork. A wine very worthy to have in the cellar for this and other meals. This has made My Best Wines of Year, 3 straight years. To get such aromas and character from a Grenache, at $42, this is a steal!!