2016 Sparkling Grenache
100% Grenache Noir is artistically produced using the traditional "Champenoise" method, creating a wine that draws attention and deserves admiration. Fresh aromas of golden apple peel, cantaloupe rind, Hawthorm blossom and hints of honey grace the nose. Delicate beads of bubbles dance upon racy acidity and essence of a stony minerality while notes of pressed pear, warm buttered brioche, blanched almond and peach pith round out the mouth-feel. The finish is clean and bright showcasing Key lime zest, toasted cashew paste and an essence similar to orange cream soda.
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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