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 a southern Rhone tradition, a bin of Mourvedre is often added for a co-fermentation, and the older block sees the inclusion of about 50% whole clusters in its fermentation. In 2021 a frost reduced the crop in the young block, so the blend is weighted toward the old vines resulting in a deeply colored, weighty and rich wine.
The 2021 Preston Grenache opens with crushed strawberry aromatics, accented by anise and other baking spices, and an inflection of cocoa powder, like red velvet cake. Notes of anise and licorice arrive in the mouth, complementing ripe and stewed red-berry flavors. 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: 03/15/2023
Release Date: 06/15/2023
Cases Produced: 236
Aging Potential: 5-7 years from vintage
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