We have two blocks of Grenache on the Estate: the first planted in 1980 that produces a darker, fleshier wine, and one planted in the late 1990s which makes a lively, aromatic wine with a lighter body. We typically pick these blocks about a week apart, and ferment them in open top tanks for anywhere from 10 to 30 days a longer maceration can often help tame Grenaches aggressive tannin. In the southern Rhone tradition, a bin of Mourvedre is occasionally added for a co-fermentation, and the older block sees the inclusion of about 50% whole clusters in its fermentation. In 2019 the blending of these two lots together was a fun, easy job the vintage produced lively, balanced wines with loads of character.
A heady and generous nose offers aromas of strawberry shortcake, potpourri, and madagascar vanilla, with a background of sweet baking spices. The fruit turns more wild in the mouth, with high-toned wild strawberries, just-ripe raspberry and notes of anise and licorice. The wine finishes with a joyous synergy of acidity and sweet tannin thats unique to Grenache from a great vintage. -GH
96% Grenache, 4% Mourvedre
TA 5.0 gm/L
Grapes are certified organic (CCOF).
Fermentation is initiated spontaneously without the addition of
commercial yeast or malolactic bacteria.
Bottling Date: 08/15/2021
Release Date: 09/15/2022
Cases Produced: 273
Aging Potential: 5-7 years from vintage
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