The Wine: 48 cases made.
92% Grenache fermented in bins, about 10% whole cluster plus 8% Sangiovese that had been air died appassimento-style for two weeks,
then added whole cluster to the Grenache after picking on 10/05/2016.
Fermented in open-top bins, 15 days to dryness.
Wood basket pressed. 10 months in neutral barrels. Never racked, unfined and unfiltered.
Review:This full-bodied wine has excellent structure and balance to support vivid black-cherry, black-plum and spice-box flavors. A nice touch of tannin builds the mouthfeel while fruit, cinnamon and clove nuances continue to develop with each sip. Best through 2024.
Vineyard: All 100 vines of Grenache are estate grown at 1,450’ elevation outside of Kelseyville in Lake County. Forbesville series volcanic soils, loose organic practices, California sprawl trellising.
The label image is Athansius Kircher’s 1638 drawing of Mount Vesuvias. All the fruit in this wine came from either on top of a volcano (Mourvedre) or from the lower slopes of the Mt. Konocti volcano where our Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Syrah is.