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2017 Grenache Blanc

While Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier are the best known of the white Rhône varietals and therefore steal most of the attention, Grenache Blanc is a hidden gem that is love at first sip. The white-skinned form of the Grenache grape, it is an important variety in the south of France, especially the Languedoc and Roussillon areas. In California, however, there are only about 300 acres. Happily, we are the proud owners of 1.98 of them, woot woot! Grenache Blanc produces rich wines with tremendous body and crisp acidity. Our 2017 vintage emphasizes the variety’s fruit-infused aromatics–apples, melons, lime zest and honeysuckle. The palate is rich, balanced and refreshing thanks to the wine’s natural viscosity and ample acidity.

 
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Vineyard
The grapes were exclusively handpicked from our San Lucas Vineyard. Grenache Blanc is a large-clustered grape, requiring multiple cluster thinning passes throughout the growing season to ensure optimal ripeness and flavor development. Our 1.98-acre block at our estate San Lucas Vineyard is a perfect little spot for this variety, with warm days to ripen and bring out the rich fruit flavors and cool nights to maintain acid levels.
Winemaking
The grapes were hand harvested in the early morning hours, then 30% of the fruit was crushed and fermented on the skins for increased aromatics and mouthfeel. The rest of the grapes were pressed, and the juice was cold settled then racked and slowly fermented cool in stainless steel tanks to enhance the varietal character of this wine. After aging for seven months in 100% stainless steel, the blend was put together, then heat and cold stabilized just prior to bottling.
Varietal Composition
100% Grenache Blanc
Vineyard
San Lucas
Harvest Date
October 20-23, 2017
Harvest Brix
21.8° - 22.5°
Appellation
Monterey
Alcohol %
13.30
pH
3.10
Aging
Stainless Steel, 7 months
Cases Produced
132