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I first began working with Rhone varietals in 1998. Since then I have narrowed down our Syrah sources to just two local vineyards, Alisos in the Los Alamos Valley and Clover Creek in the Santa Ynez Valley. Each is bottled separately and each provides us with a different interpretation of the Syrah grape, due to the unique qualities of the two sites. We are also once again making a very small amount of Grenache after a hiatus of several years. Due to the limited production of these wines, they are primarily available only to our Wine Club Members and directly from our tasting room and online store.

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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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2014 Grenache
Santa Ynez Valley

2014 Grenache

Technical Details

Composition:
Grenache – Camp 4 Vineyard (90%) Syrah – Alisos Vineyard (10%)

Vineyard Sources:
Santa Ynez Valley

Production: 54 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
pH: 3.81
Titratable acidity: 0.47 g/100 ml.
Cellaring potential: Two to three years
Bottle price: $30

Inspiration
From a winemaking perspective, I’ve had an on-and-off attraction to locally grown Grenache. It is a very difficult grape to farm well, and I’ve struggled to find a consistent source of fruit capable of producing a wine to our high standards. Having been pleased with the results of our 2013 Grenache, I again sourced the Grenache Noir clone from Camp 4 Vineyard.

The Harvest
Camp 4 Vineyard is located northeast of Santa Ynez and enjoys a balanced climate of warm days and cool nights. The Grenache grapes were harvested on October 3rd, with a sugar content of 24.8 Brix.

Winemaking
The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into a small open-top fermenter. Fermentation lasted for 13 days, after which the wine was pressed off, settled and racked to neutral French oak puncheons. I chose not to use any new oak barrels because, from my experience, the beautiful aromatics of Grenache can easily be overwhelmed with even a small percentage of new oak. The wine aged for 15 months before being lightly filtered and bottled in January 2016.

The Wine
The wine has a medium garnet color. The aromas are of dried cherries and cranberries with hints of green tea in the background. On the palate the wine is soft, with rich flavors of dried berries and a hint of maple syrup in the finish.

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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N.V. Grenache
Santa Ynez Valley

N.V. Grenache

Technical Details

Composition:
2015 Grenache – Camp 4 Vineyard (50%) 2014 Grenache – Camp 4 Vineyard (45%) 2015 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard (5%)

Production: 96 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.5
pH: 3.77
Titratable acidity: 0.48g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Two to three years
Bottle price: $30

 

Inspiration
During my many years of working with Grenache, I’ve noticed that quality can
vary from year to year. This was the case with our 2015 vintage. After repeated
tastings, I felt adding Grenache from the 2014 vintage would enhance and
elevate the wine. A small amount of Syrah was also included for its color and
spicy nuances. I’m very pleased with the results, as the blend showcases the
strengths of both the 2014 and 2015 vintages.
Winemaking
For both vintages, I sourced the Grenache from Camp 4 Vineyard in the Santa
Ynez Valley. In 2014, the grapes were harvested on October 3rd at 24.8 Brix.
In 2015, grapes from the same block were harvested three weeks earlier on
September 17th at 23.3 Brix. Both lots were 100% destemmed and crushed
into small open top fermenters. Following a three day cold soak period, the must
was inoculated with yeast and fermented for an average of 10 days. The wines
were pressed off, settled and racked to neutral French oak barrels for aging. The
2014 wine aged for 22 months, while the 2015 wine aged for 10 months. The
wines were blended and lightly filtered before being bottled in August 2016.
The Wine
The wine has a medium to light ruby color with a slight tawny edge. The aromas
are of ripe strawberries and mince pie with a hint of rhubarb in the background.
On the palate the wine has a soft, plush mouth feel with flavors of baked
strawberries and dried red currants. The finish has a lingering taste of walnuts.
Contrary to the prevailing style of big, high alcohol California Grenache, I feel this
is a well-balanced and elegant wine.
Food Pairings
This vibrant Grenache will pair well with ham, chicken and mild cheeses served
with fruits and nuts.

Inspiration
During my many years of working with Grenache, I’ve noticed that quality can vary from year to year. This was the case with our 2015 vintage. After repeated tastings, I felt adding Grenache from the 2014 vintage would enhance and elevate the wine. A small amount of Syrah was also included for its color and spicy nuances. I’m very pleased with the results, as the blend showcases the strengths of both the 2014 and 2015 vintages.

Winemaking
For both vintages, I sourced the Grenache from Camp 4 Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. In 2014, the grapes were harvested on October 3rd at 24.8 Brix. In 2015, grapes from the same block were harvested three weeks earlier on September 17th at 23.3 Brix. Both lots were 100% destemmed and crushed into small open top fermenters. Following a three day cold soak period, the must was inoculated with yeast and fermented for an average of 10 days. The wines were pressed off, settled and racked to neutral French oak barrels for aging. The 2014 wine aged for 22 months, while the 2015 wine aged for 10 months. The wines were blended and lightly filtered before being bottled in August 2016.

The Wine
The wine has a medium to light ruby color with a slight tawny edge. The aromas are of ripe strawberries and mince pie with a hint of rhubarb in the background. On the palate the wine has a soft, plush mouth feel with flavors of baked strawberries and dried red currants. The finish has a lingering taste of walnuts. Contrary to the prevailing style of big, high alcohol California Grenache, I feel thisis a well-balanced and elegant wine.

Food Pairings
This vibrant Grenache will pair well with ham, chicken and mild cheeses served with fruits and nuts.

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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
2014 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley