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. The 2016 Grizzly Grenache is our fourth vintage of a 100% Grenache wine from the estate vineyard. 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. In 2016, the vineyard set a substantial Grenache crop which required a couple of passes to thin out clusters, and trim extra large clusters. It was a beautiful vintage - good yields, a moderate growing season and decent weather through harvest - that allowed us to nail the pick dates perfectly and make wines with minimal intervention. We selected two lots out of four for the 2016 Grizzly. The first was harvested from our section of Grenache in the Rattlesnake Rock block, while the second came from the Homestead Grenache block right above the patio. Both of these lots were aged in large neutral vessels - a 160 gallon clay Amphorae and a 240 gallon concrete tank. We find that the combination of large and neutral vessels provides the best environment to age Grenache.
The 2016 Grizzly leads with heady, high toned aromatics with floral (honeysuckle?) perfumed red fruits, and kirsch. On the palate the wine doesn’t disappoint with a blast of bright fruit and sexy tannins that carry the intense red fruit on a long finish. Texture and mid palate density are woven together seamlessly and bode for a strong future of silky body 5-10 years down the road. Grenache takes time to come around in bottle, which is why we hold ours back for a bit before releasing it. While fun to drink now, this Grenache will pay huge dividends to those who patiently cellar it.