Bien Nacido GrenacheHand harvested at night, and fermented with native yeast and malolactic fermentations. Aged 16 months in French oak; 25% new. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
“Pink peppercorns and violet flowers sprinkled over summer rain moistened soils.” It is almost poetic what this wine can say. A true Midsummer Night’s Dream, the liveliness of the fruit is faultless. Crunchy blueberry, lingonberry and spicy black currants. You can expect olive brine and roasted meats to evolve with 5-8 years in bottle, but the youth and vigor of this Syrah will stick around for a while.
Vineyard SitesEstate: Bien Nacido Vineyard
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
County: Santa Barbara County
Vyd Area: 700 Ft. Elevation. Vines Face Directly West 16 Miles From The Pacific Ocean.
Vine AgePlanted in 2007
Yield3.4 Tons per Acre
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SoilsLos Osos clay loam and Franciscan shale over marine volcanics
Chosen from one of the cooler and more exposed sections in our vineyard, the Grenache comes to us from BLOCK 39C, and is entirely Alban Clone Grenache which ripens evenly every year. Aged in neutral barrel, the stylistic inspiration comes from the 100% Grenache wines of the Southern Rhône valley in France. With herbal inflections of rosemary, garrigue and sagebrush all surrounded with a sweet, penetrating raspberry preserve, cherry, lavender pastille, and spice cake flavors show impressive depth as well as vivacity. Only enough fruit comes from this block to make around 60 cases per year.
(Please note that this wine is currently not available online. Coming soon!)