200 cases captured into bottle | 12.5% alc.
This is a vividly aromatic, and intriguing wine. The whole cluster and semi-carbonic maceration really play up to the style of this vintage. Slow ripening cool vintages are not about extract and power, they are about delicacy, aromatic lift, layers of spice and perfume that absolutely sing in the glass.
Varietal: 100% Grenache Noir
Vineyard: Ceja Farms Vineyard
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Fermentation: Open Top
Cooperage: 100% Neutral French Oak
Lab Notes: PH 3.69| TA .68 | ALC 12.5%
Captured into Bottle: 200 Cases
Released into the Wild:September of 2015
This 2 acre vineyard planted and farmed by Jesus Ceja is located in west Sonoma. The deep rocky soils of ancient river bed are perfectly suited to Grenache, while the proximity to the cooler regions of Carneros a mile to the south, and the Petaluma Wind Gap a mile to the west provide ideal growing conditions. The long slow cool ripening season allows for extended flavor development without compounding sugar concentration. The result is in beautifully complex and aromatic fruit expression with markedly lower alcohol levels. We hand harvested on the 27th of October. The fruit was crushed with 100% whole cluster and roughly 80% whole berries to enhance the fruit and spice aromatics. After an extended cool fermentation (temps around 75 degrees for 28 days) we basket pressed and aged in neutral French oak barrels (4 years old).
Dylan's Tasting Notes
It is a vividly aromatic, and intriguing wine. Bright Garnet color, brilliant clarity. There is an abundance of bright red juicy cranberry and wild strawberry upfront that is unabashed with youthful exuberance. Delicate aromatics of Rose Petal, White Pepper and Citrus blossom give way to the tight core of mid palate tannin. The acid follows right on point keeping up with the overall brightness of this racy and delightful expression of pure Grenache.