A cooler-climate example of this variety, which is often described as “heat loving.” Grenache thrives in the shallow soils that are abundant in granite rocks at this hillside site. The cooling influence from the nearby Pacific Ocean contributes to an extended hang time where the grapes ripen slowly while developing complex flavors without producing wines of excessive alcohol. Partial whole cluster vinification, native yeasts, and aging in 500-liter neutral French oak puncheon were all employed to ensure purity and balance. The finished wine is juicy with ripe berry and plum flavors and brightened by lively acidity and a saline finish with subtle, firm tannins.
"Juicy and fresh aromas of alpine strawberry, pomegranate, white pepper, anise and rose invite the nose into this intriguing bottling. The palate is still very young, with bright and zesty flavors of pomegranate gastrique and dewy herbs playing against sappy tannins that will soften soon." - 93 points Wine Enthusiast