Vineyard and Region Information: In 2009 we grafted some steeply terraced Syrah vines along a southeast facing knoll to a Grenache selection from our Estate Vineyard, which is planted to Grenache from John Alban. It took a few years before the vines came into balance and started producing consistent crops with evenly ripened fruit. We held off from attempting a 100% Grenache wine until we had something that we felt expressed the potential of Grenache from this site. The 2012 vintage was the first such vintage. Four more vintages went by before we decided to try our hand again making a 100% Grenache in 2016 from these terraces.
Vintage Notes: Grenache is a challenging varietal to grow in sites where it finds its most eloquent expression - that is the rocky sites where the vines struggle. The vines produce a very dense canopy which can create issues with mildew. At the same time, the clusters are very easily sun bleached so one must be careful to try to keep the clusters shaded for most of the day. Grenache yields can also be either excessive and require substantial fruit thinning, or they can be tiny from a poor set. The weather in the Spring of 2016 produced a good set, so we had enough fruit to work with. We strategically thinned the fruit to even out yields for more even ripening. Weather leading up to harvest was also good and we were able to harvest at an appropriate level of ripeness.
Wine Notes: Grenache is a wine known to take it's time to unwind in bottle. The typically ample and brash tannins and delicate and pure fruit of the wine take time to resolve and unwind. While this wine is showing beautifully now, additional time in bottle will lead to further softening and melding of the fruit.
A layered nose of higher toned kirsch fruit layered on richer notes of dried fig and black cherries. Bright and vibrant on the palate with mouth coating fruit that finishes long with crushed rock mineralogy and bright fruit notes.