Red fruit such as strawberry, cranberry and raspberry dominate the nose with a layer of white pepper in the background. This wine exhibits great mid-palate with a soft tannin structure that finishes with a balanced level of acidity and spiciness.
Grenache is a red grape that originated in Northern Spain. Today, it is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world, with important production in Spain, Australia, California, the Southern Rhone region of France. Our Grenache comes from Dark Horse Ranch, a 160-acre Biodynamic certified ranch and vineyard owned and operated by Heath and Paul Dolan. Located 8 miles north of the town of Hopland along the banks of the upper Russian River and sitting at 750 feet of altitude, this site provides outstanding conditions for growing this late ripening, sun thirsty varietal.
Harvest date: September 3, 2015
Fermentation: De-stemmed and crushed to a stainless steel tank and cold soaked for 5 days at 50F to extract color and desirable phenolic compounds. Fermented with Native Yeast to dryness at 85F. Only free-run fraction transferred to barrel where it underwent native malo-lactic fermentation.
Aging: Aged for 16 months in neutral French oak