2018 Grenache, Ampelos Vineyard
Vineyards and Composition: 100% Grenache from Ampelos Vineyard; Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County.
Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-two months in three-year-old and older French oak barrels.
Winemaking: The Ampelos Vineyard is a certified organic and biodynamic vineyard located on the 246 corridor in the cool Santa Rita Hills A.V.A. The vines are planted on a south facing slope in a sandy loam soil. This vineyard produces cool climate Grenache characteristics with purity of fruit, crunchy acidity, and vibrant fruit flavors. The grapes were 75% destemmed without being crushed, leaving over 95% whole berries and 25% whole-cluster, into a 1.5-ton open top fermentor and cold-soaked for six days prior to inoculation. The addition of whole-cluster and co-fermented with 9% Syrah adds structure, mid-palette and vitality to the final wine. I feel the stems add an interesting savory element to this wine that I enjoy. After 22 months of barrel aging, this wine was bottled in August of 2020.
Production: 125 cases made
Bottle Aging: Drink this wine now or age up to 7 years
Regular Price: $50 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $40 per bottle
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