GSM, 2016. Roald

GSM, 2016. Roald

Item #: L0519R2DC
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: GSM Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Very Dense Garnet
Nose: Berry, Earth
Palate: Berries, Spice, Tobacco
Finish: Lush Berry, Smoke
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2026/Red Meat, Game/14.5 % Alcohol by Volume

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Roald Wine Company came into existence in 2016. Greg Nelson founded the winery and named it after his father, Roald, who was a positive role model throughout his life. Greg developed a passion for wine while in college in Madison, Wisconsin, and subsequently got a Ph.D. in Biology from U.C. San Diego. He then went on to work at several California wineries, both in the cellar and in the lab.

Greg was convinced that great wine could be made in the San Joaquin Valley. He followed in the footsteps of Angelo Papagni and other pioneers in the area, who were making great wines in what was considered a marginal climate.

GSM is shorthand for Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. It is pretty much the Holy Trinity of grapes in the Rhone Valley of France. It has also become a favorite in Australia, with many of their best wines being made from a marriage of these three exceptional grapes.

Our rendition is a little out of the ordinary. Most GSM blends are roughly equal parts of each grape. Ours is 3% Grenache, 80% Syrah and 17% Mourvedre. Obviously, the Syrah takes center stage here, but not at the expense of the others.

The result is a fascinating blend of strength and subtlety, the Syrah providing the power with tobacco and earth notes, while the Grenache and Mourvedre add supple fruit, spice and a touch of smoke to the bouquet. The final rendition is a beautifully balanced and lovely wine with intensity and elegance to spare.