Meet the Sheriff. Edward James Sweeney. Tall and stout, he moved swiftly through Livermore Valley chasing down horse thieves, cattle wrestlers, and raiding Livermore's Red Light District. His outstanding bold career and dedication to Livermore earned him his final title as County Detective. The Rhone style blend reflects The Sheriff's best traits; bold, smooth, and memorable (with rich fruit flavors and aromatics).
The Sheriff, Vasco Urbano’s inaugural GSM, represents the great vineyards in the Livermore Valley that provide the fruit to make this wine. Medium to full bodied with great fruit expression, the GSM is a perfect food wine. Aromatics of earth and spice with its racy red fruit and blue fruit undertones and bright and juicy flavors on the palate of farmstead boysenberries, strawberries and plums with high tuned acidity. Enjoy with your friends at a summer BBQ or cook up some Chile Verde!
The Livermore Valley has the ideal landscape for growing a producing world class Rhone Style wines. Gravelly soils with clay in the right places coupled with a strong maritime influence allow us to grow wines with intense fruit while maintaining vibrant acidity. We source Grenache from two sites, Marina Ranch and Ghielmetti Vineyard. The Grenache at Marina Ranch is planted from cuttings of original Chateau Beaucastel vines in Chateneuf Du Pape. The wines are rich and mouth filling, showing off the intensity we know from CDP. The Ghielmetti Vineyard block is planted to clone 435 and shows a much more femine, bright fruit rendition of Grenache. Syrah from Hayes Ranch, which sits high above the Valley floor, drives dark fruit, earthy tones, and an inherent smokiness each vintage. The Mourvedre from Raboli Vineyard brings blue fruit notes, spices and that old world Rhone FUNK. Together these vineyards allow to craft a blend that represents the Livermore Valley and the vintage the wine was grown.
Each lot is brought into the winery separately when the fruit has reached the flavor and acidity levels we are looking for. A number of fermentation regimens are performed including open top bins with hand punch downs, tank ferments, barrel ferments. Some lots were inoculated with various yeasts while others fermented with native yeast. The wines were aged in a variety of oak barrels, including 225 L Barriques and 500 L Puncheons. At the end, we are left with numerous blending components to craft a singular wine.
Varietal Composition61% Grenache (Marina Ranch | Ghielmetti Vyd)
25% Syrah (Hayes Ranch)
14% Mourvedre (Raboli Vyd)
Best of Class
2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Best Red Blend
2015 Livermore Valley Uncorked Wine Competition