2013 Grenache | Dry Creek Valley
Harvest Date: September 20th, 2013
Harvest pH: 3.66
Harvest TA: 5.5 g/L
Composition: 100% Grenache
Ageing: 15 months
Barrels: 100% Used French Oak
Brix at Harvest: 26.0
2013 was another ideal growing season. Even though we had low rainfall, the weather could not have been better for making great wine. It was very even from budbreak all the way through to picking. We didn’t have any heat spikes during the growing season.
The Grenache was picked in the early morning hours in mid-September, by hand. We sorted in the vineyard and again in the winery, before destemming and putting the grapes into an open top tank. The grapes were cold soaked for 4 days prior to fermentation, then inoculated and fermented for 10 days.
The wine went into neutral oak barrels where it was kept surlies and stirred until just before going into the keg.
The color instantly gives away that this wine will be deep and rich. The aromas are of boysenberry jam, spices and orange blossom. Bright red fruit follows on the palate with pretty floral notes. The tannins on this wine are graceful and smooth, and the refreshing acidity on the finish ties it all together.