Opens with attractive fruit and floral notes of bramble berry, black cherry and freshly picked violets. Zesty pomegranate pith balances shades of warm spice, hibiscus tea and licorice root on the palate. Plum skin, tart cranberry, crushed clove and pink peppercorn elements ride atop supple tannin, delivering a persistent, memorable finish.
Grenache is a delicate variety, thus gently winemaking is needed to preserve the gorgeous fruit and velvet texture of the variety. After hand-picking in late September, the fruit was destemmed and fermented in small tanks, with regular pumpovers to aid extraction. In order to let the varietal fruit shine through, the wine was aged in neutral oak barrels with 100% being French oak. Following this mantra further, the wine was left unblended in order to let the Grenache speak as a pure, 100% varietal wine.
The 2016 vintage was a roller coaster ride of temperature swings. We started off with a very early and warm Spring that woke the vines up very fast. No frost issues, everything went very smoothly! The vines had great flowering and berry set, and unlike the 2015 vintage, we had a nice and big crop. To put things into perspective; the Merlot in previous years averaged around two tons per acre. This year we pulled in around five and a half tons per acre!
In late June we had a period of triple digit heat which helped kick verasion into gear. We were thinking we would have one of the earliest harvests on the books but then we had a pretty mild summer. Cool weather continued about two-thirds of the way through August, and the vintage finished relatively cool. This cooler weather was nice for a couple of reasons. First is that the grapes did not accumulate sugar at as fast of a rate as normal. This means that they had extended hang time which translated to better flavors and better physiological ripeness. Second is that our winemaker was able to bring fruit in at fairly steady rate so there was no huge rush in the cellar at any point.
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