Winemaker’s Notes: What I love about Grenache is the seductively inviting aromas of jammy strawberries, dry cherries, plums, and cranberry with a hint of dry rose petals and Potpourri that makes you smell the wine over and over again. The mouthfeel is clean, fresh, and lively, without any heaviness with focused acidity and food-friendly softness. The food pairings for this wine are endless starting with classic cheeses to game birds, pate, sausages, etc. Cheers!
The Vintage: The 2021 harvest year was near perfect for growing grapes and the second year of a lighter-than-normal crop. The berry size was smaller than average delivering exceptional flavors, intense color, beautiful grapes, fruit-forward, and ripe. The season started early and cold and it was void of long, lingering heatwaves leading to relatively early to normal harvest dates with most grapes ripening at the same time
Winemaking: The grapes were cluster-sorted and gently destemmed prior to fermentation. A small percentage of whole clusters were added to the bottom of the tank to increase the fruity aromas. The wine was fermented in a stainless steel tank at a relatively low temperature and pressed at dryness after 10 days of fermentation. Malolactic fermentation was finished in barrels.
APPELLATION: 79% Mendocino County, 20% Alexander Valley, 1% Dry Creek Valley
HARVEST: September 30, 2020
BLEND: 79% Grenache; 19% Syrah; 1% Petite Sirah; 1% Zinfandel
BARREL AGING: 17 months in 15% new European oak barrels; the rest various neutral oak barrels
PRODUCTION: 237 cases
PH: 3.84 RS: 0.01% TA: 5.8 g/L
BOTTLED: March 15, 2022