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: 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. 2014 was a good growing season that produced reasonable yields of very high quality fruit.
Wine Notes: The 2014 Grizzly Grenache is our second 100% Grenache wine from the estate vineyard. We started making extensive use of whole clusters in our Grenache fermentations (56% overall in final blend). The use of whole clusters amplifies the aromatics and adds complexity to the finished wine. The nose 2014 Grizzly is a melange of delicate spice notes and fruit. It is full bodied on the palate with ample tannins that will continue to soften with age. Once again the spice notes come to the fore with subtle fruit and a long, persistent finish that echoes the same.
We strongly recommend decanting this wine in its youth, ideally cellaring for 5-10+ years and pairing this wine with roasted chicken or waterfowl.
Wine Reviews: 91 points, Wine Enthusiast