2012 Bien Nacido Grenache

Hand harvested at night, and fermented with native yeast and malolactic fermentations. Then aged for 16 months in French oak; 20% new. This wine was bottled unfiltered.

Pinot Noir like aromatics on the nose with raspberry, red licorice, black cherries, and wild herbs. The wines rich entry is satiny and fruit dominated, but builds with supple tannins and a long graceful finish.  

Vineyard Sites

Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley. 600 ft elevation, this grenache faces directly south in a protected pocket. This warm location gives this warm climate grape the best chance to ripen in our cool climate in Santa Maria.

Varietal

Grenache, Alban clone

Vine Age

Planted in 2007

Yield

2.5 tons/acre

Alcohol

14.3%

Cases

92

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90 Points Wine Advocate
Issue 214
August 2014

Soils

Los Osos clay loam, over marine volcanics