Sheldon 2018 Grenache | Luc's

Luc’s Vineyard | Fountaingrove AVA | organically farmed

25 Cases captured into bottle | 13.4% Alc. 



The Sexy Stuff:

Winemaker Tasting Notes:

The volcanic hillside expresses itself with the high-toned red fruit aromatics and a fine band of tannins that show up mid-palate. Initial aromatics of china plum and cherry tart give way to bergamot and sage. Palate weight is medium to medium light possessing a touch of rich forest floor and iron that lends an interesting contrast to the floral tones and bright acidity. This wine is pretty tightly wound, with firm structure. Based upon the current composition and evolution of the previous vintage, expect to see its optimum window of drinking opening around the late spring of 2020 and carrying through the next 5-7 years.


The Geeky Stuff:

100% Grenache (Tablas Creek Clone)

hand-harvested on October 3rd, 2018 

with an average of 23 brix.

1/2 ton open top macro-bin fermentation

100% Neutral French Oak 

pH 3.57 | TA .64 | ALC 13.4%


Wine Making:

This single acre vineyard is perched on the slope of a volcanic hillside. The lowest section is planted to Syrah, followed by Tempranillo in the middle section, then Grenache and Graciano planted at the very top. We hand-harvested this smaller than usual crop on the 3rd of October. This half-ton of Grenache was crushed on whole cluster, covered with a CO2 blanket (dry ice) for 24 hours of cold soak prior to fermentation. After six days of slow semi-carbonic fermentation, we de-stem this lot, transferring into a new bin to complete the final stage of fermenting. This is a labor-intensive practice I’ve been working with since my first vintage of making Grenache back in 2000. Incorporating the stems in cold soak / initial fermentation allows for savory and spice components to establish before the overly astringent tannins arrive with the increase of heat and alcohol during the more vigorous stages of fermentation. 


About The Vineyard:

Luc’s Vineyard is planted on a west-facing hillside on volcanic soils. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only Graciano being grown in this part of Sonoma County, and as there are only about 30 acres total in the State it is a rare creature indeed. The single acre vineyard is on a bi-lateral cordon trellis and tends to produce around 2.5 tons total. Split between Graciano, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Syrah. It was planted in 2010 and has been organically farmed since day one. 


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