Vineyard and Region Information: Our Estate Vineyard became CCOF Certified Organic in 2012. We believe in organic farming because we believe in respecting the natural ecosystem of a vineyard. We also believe organic fruit leads to healthier indigenous fermentations. We've taken the more challenging (and expensive) farming route with our highest goal in mind: to authentically express the exceptional vineyards our wines come from.
Vintage Notes: 2013 was a good growing season that produced reasonable yields of very high quality fruit.
Wine Notes: The 2013 Grizzly Grenache is our first 100% Grenache wine. Grenache is a notoriously difficult variety to grow and craft into a fine wine. The fruit bleaches in the sun easily, and can set either a very poor crop or one that is overcropped requiring extensive thinning. The expression which excites us the most and what we believe our Estate Vineyard can best achieve is the more feminine qualities of spicy red fruits, crushed flowers and a long increasingly intense, refined finish. Our 2013 Grizzly expresses both richness and elegance. The aromatics are intense, perfumed and spicy. The palate has loads of spicy red fruits, minerality and crushed white flowers. The vibrant and grippy tannins will soften with more time in bottle.
We strongly recommend decanting this wine in its youth, ideally cellaring for 5-10+ years and pairing this wine with roasted chicken or waterfowl.