2016 Grounded Wine Co. Public Radio Red Blend

Year: 2016
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA-California
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.4%
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"Checking in as a blend of 64% Grenache, 27% Syrah, and the rest Petite Sirah, the 2016 Public Radio is one juicy, straight-up delicious Rhône blend that offers load of red and black berry fruits, hints of licorice, cured meats, and peppery herbs, medium body, no hard edges, and tons of upfront charm and character. It’s well worth seeking out, as well as a terrific value." (JD)

"Roasted pork, nutmeg, vanilla and mulberry aromas show on the nose of this blend of 64% Grenache, 27% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah, part of Napa winemaker Josh Phelps' new venture. It's smooth on the palate with loads of star anise and gingerbread flavors that play against a roasted red- and black-plum backdrop.- Matt Kettmann" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Referencing the radio as a medium of popular expression, we bring you the fourth wine in the Grounded Wine Co. family. Founded on an enthusiasm for terroir, GWCo. believes in growth by evolution and revolution, as proven in this 2016 red blend from Paso Robles. Public Radio is a firm but smooth wine which expresses a bold message. The quality and personality lies in its self-awareness; sensitive to the zeitgeist while acknowledging its role as part of an ongoing story. The label serves only as a visual gesture with stylistic ubiquity persuading you to open the bottle without imparting a particular opinion, instead allowing you the freedom to manifest your own ideas, regardless of frontiers.

The 2016 growing season in Paso Robles began under dry conditions, although at 8 inches of rain for the year, not as dry as the prior four vintages. Our yields for Genache and Syrah were slightly under average, which ensured good concentration and color density. The wines showed early appeal in the barrel, due to a very good level of ripe tannins, natural acidity and balance expressed. Rhone varities in particular from the 2016 vintage are showing excellent potential across the board, and this first release of PUBLIC RADIO is no exception.