2018 Grenache - Single Vineyard Series
Southern France's most planted wine grape is Grenache. In Sonoma County, it only makes up about 5% of wine grapes planted. This elegant Rhône varietal is often expressed as a lighter-style wine. thumbprint Grenache has a more complex character due to careful vineyard practices, fermentation health, barrel routine and aging. Feel free to compare and contrast Rhône and Sonoma County grenache. I'd call that a "win-win".
A gleaming ruby red wine perfumed with notes of lavender, sandalwood and dried bing cherry. A generous, dense palette of dark chocolate and ripe strawberry shifts to anise and white pepper notes. It's backbone of acidity and elegant fine-grained structure balance this wine for ageability to 10+ years yet drinks magnificently now.
I have been working with Grenache from Dry Creek Valley since 2008 and decided to explore a cooler climate vineyard from Russian River Valley for this vintage. The "cooler" Russian River Valley is still farther expressive (in my opinion) than it's Southern France counterparts and the growing conditions - particularly the consistent pre-harvest weather - allow for better ripening and more complex varietal character (again, in my opinion). SLD
100% second fill French oak