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2019 Grenache

2019 Grenache
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SKU: 482

VARIETAL/VINEYARD: This Southern Rhône-style wine is 79% Grenache, 13% Syrah,  and 8% Mourvedre. The primary component of this blend comes from a 2.9-acre  block, planted in 1998 to three selections of Grenache Noir, and Mourvedre, using  bud-wood originally obtained from Tablas Creek and Alban Vineyards. These  selections, originally from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, give darker color and better  structure than the majority of Grenache planted in California. Over the years we  have learned how important crop-thinning is to making compelling, Grenache-based wine. It is the difference between CDP and CDR. The Syrah in this blend  comes from Northern Rhône clones 174 and 877, located on our winery parcel.  Our vines are planted on low-vigor rootstock to 4’x 6’ spacing.  

VINTAGE: 2019 will certainly go down as one of THE great vintages for our  Grenache. Heavy winter rainfall allowed us to dry farm our Rhône varietials on the  winery parcel. We had a warm, but moderate growing season, especially in  August/ September. This allowed our fruit to develop nice flavors, structure, and  complexity. This was especially true with our Mourvedre, which really makes this  wine more Rhône-like. 

WINEMAKING: We de-stem the berries and pump them into small open-top tanks  for fermentation. After a five-day cold-soak, the fermentation began  spontaneously with indigenous yeast and lasted a little over two weeks. We have  found that lower yields can provide plenty of complexity and structure, which is  apparent in this 2019. Our Syrah includes some whole clusters, to enhance floral,  spicy aromas. As is done in the Rhône, we blend Syrah for additional depth and  structure. The wines are aged in neutral oak to preserve the vineyard character. 

STYLE/DESCRIPTION: 2019 is a perfect example of what crop-thinning, combined  with a great vintage, can do for Grenache and Mourvedre. Like in 2016, our 2019  Grenache has intense aromas and flavors, with excellent tannin structure. Both the  Grenache and Mourvedre contributed a savory complexity that one might  crudely describe as “Frenchy.” As expressive and fruity as this wine is now, our  2019Grenache has will continue to improve over the next 4 to 6 years. - MU

Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Grenache
Appellation
Dry Creek Valley
Alcohol %
14.9