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My winemaking philosophy which I developed early on in my career is based on the concept that wine is a natural food. As such, the ultimate enjoyment of wine is as a graceful and harmonious accompaniment to a meal, whether it be simple or sublime.

While most of my wines are enjoyable by themselves, it is with food that they really shine, and reveal all of their nuances and textures. To me the best wines have the ability to bring out the best in the food they are paired with and conversely the food brings out the best in the wines.

2013 Grenache
Santa Barbara County

2013 Grenache

Technical Details

Composition:
96% Grenache – Camp 4 Vineyard
4% Syrah – Clover Creek Vineyard

Production: 56 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.8%
pH: 3.61
Titratable acidity: 0.45 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Two to three years
Bottle price: $30

Inspiration
This is our first bottling of Grenache since 2005. The gap in producing this varietal stems from my frustration in finding a consistent source of fruit capable of producing a wine of our high standards. Grenache is a very difficult grape to grow well in our area. However, inspired by recent successful renditions of this grape from the Santa Ynez Valley, I decided to try my hand with this grape again in 2013.

The Harvest
Camp 4 Vineyard is located near the town of Santa Ynez and enjoys a balanced climate of warm days and cool nights. The Grenache grapes were harvested on October 1st with a sugar content of 25.0 Brix and balanced acidity.

Winemaking
The grapes were destemmed and crushed into a small open-top fermenter. Fermentation lasted 17 days, then the wine was pressed off, settled and racked to neutral French oak barrels. I chose not to use any new oak barrels because my experience has shown that the beautiful aromatics of Grenache can easily be overwhelmed with even a small amount of new oak influence. The wine aged in barrels for 15 months before being lightly filtered and bottled.

The Wine
The wine has a moderately pale ruby color with a hint of tawny in the edges. The aromas are floral in nature with hints of cooked strawberries, vanilla and molasses. On the palate the wine is full bodied yet has delicate flavors of strawberries, vanilla and cream. The tannins are light and give the wine a silky, persistent texture.

Food Pairings
This wine is a perfect accompaniment to summer meals including grilled sausages and peppers, smoked ham and barbecued tri-tip.

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Other Past Releases

2000 Syrah - Santa Barbara County
2001 Syrah - Santa Barbara County
2001 Syrah - Rex - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2002 Grenache - Santa Barbara County
2003 Syrah - Santa Barbara County
2003 Grenache - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2003 Syrah-Port - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2003 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2004 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2004 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2004 Grenache - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2005 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2005 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2005 Syrah - Vino Dulce - Santa Barbara County
2005 Grenache - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2006 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2006 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2006 Syrah - Reserva - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2007 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2007 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2008 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2008 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2009 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2009 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2010 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2010 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2011 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2011 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2012 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2012 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2013 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2013 Grenache - Santa Barbara County
2014 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

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