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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.

2004 Grenache
Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County

2004 Grenache

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Grenach

Vineyard Sources:
Alisos Vineyard

Production: 96 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.9%

The harvest of 2004 has two distinct halves, the first half was characterized by a lengthy period of hot days just before and after the Labor Day weekend, which pushed early ripening varietals like Pinot Noir to relatively high sugar levels in a short time. After that, the weather cooled off and stayed moderate for the balance of the harvest. We harvested the Grenache grapes at Alisos vineyard on October 19th at moderately high sugar levels.

The grapes were destemmed and put into a small open top fermenter and cold soaked for three days before being inoculated with yeast. After an eleven day fermentation period the wine was pressed off and settled in a small tank. The wine was then transferred to neutral cooperage and later transferred to some stainless steel drums to preserve some of the fruity aromatics of the wine. The wine was bottled in mid- February. 

The nose of the wine is predominantly that of dried strawberries with a dusty cinnamon quality in the background. On the palate, the wine has similar flavors which are cut somewhat short by moderate and silky tannins. The finish is also slightly tannic with a persistence provided by the acidity of the wine. Unlike previous bottlings of Grenache this wine will benefit from several months to two years of further bottle aging to round out the tannins.

Serve with grilled meats, sausage, and Dodger dogs!

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
June 1, 2006

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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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