Inspired by our favorite Southern Rhône reds, Vieux Télégraphe, and Château Rayas, our pure 100% Grenache is sourced from the John Sebastiano Vineyard on the eastern edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA. The elevated exposition of this special site gets blasted by the strong winds of the region, not unlike the famous Mistral winds in the South of France. Cool nights and strong winds make for concentrated flavors and lifted aromatics, coaxed by our gifted winemaker, Dieter Cronje.
The 2018 Grenache was picked on October 19th at 22.7 brix, vinified with 25% whole clusters and produced with very low levels of SO2, before being aged in neutral French oak barrels for sixteen months, then bottled without fining or filtration. Only 69 cases were produced.
With flavors of raspberry, orange rinds, cinnamon, and the characteristic white pepper of Grenache, our favorite food pairings include roasted lamb, mushroom dishes, or a perfectly grilled ribeye steak!