This Grenache displays a medium brick red color and rich, sultry aromas of cranberry, brambly currant, pomegranate, crushed roses, bright leaf tobacco, Provençal lavender, Niçoise olives and lightly spiced incense. The flavors are medium bodied but substantial, with warm red fruits that are intermixed with licorice, cocoa powder, orange pekoe tea and Red Mountain dusty earth. On the back, the wine turns chewy textured, with pressed berries, roasted nuts, crème de cassis, pomegranate seeds and soft charcoal, followed by a ripe moderate tannin finish.
Brix (% sugar) at harvest was 27.0%. Our grapes were hand sorted and mechanically destemmed into a small bin for a 1 day cold soak to bring out flavors and color. Yeast and nutrients were then added to start a 12 day fermentation, followed by a 6 day extended maceration to enhance the mid-palate. Then the “free run” wine was pumped into barrels and the remaining skins were gently pressed to extract remaining wine into the barrels. The wine then went through a malolactic fermentation which softens the wine.