VERY RARE, ONLY 60 CASES PRODUCED. ONE OF THE BEST TASTING STRAIGHT GRENACE WE'VE TASTED FROM CALIFORNIA!!
Grenache is the most widely planted grape in the southern Rhône Valley, and said to be thesecond most widely planted varietal in the world. It is most often blended (with Syrah and Mourvèdre in France and Australia, and with Tempranillo in Rioja), but reaches its peak in the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where it comprises 70% of the appellation’s acreage.
The 2013 growing season:
was marked with little rainfall, began with early bud break and stayed that way all
season to harvest. Fruit-set was excellent with even veraisonand ripening. Temperatures from spring though summer were temperate with highs rarely reaching over the mid-90s. Rains that hurt some earlier vintages never happened giving us signs of the bad draught conditions to come. Harvest was early and the only challenge was getting sugars
and flavors in right balance.
The Grenache for this wine continues from the same vineyard sourcing which allows a very long, evengrowing season because of its cool location. Harvest was completed during the third week of September.The fruit was handpicked andfermented in a small bin with twice daily manual punch-downs. Fermentation lasted one and a half weeks and after very gentle pressing, the wine was racked to once-used French oak barrels.The wine was aged for 17 months with no rackingor movement of the wine performed during the aging.
We were lucky as even though all our barrels experienced falling off their racks with other barrels on the August 24 in, 2014 earthquake. No wine was lost.
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