2011 "EN GEDI"
Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard
22 months in 15% new French barrique, 5% new French Puncheon, 50% neutral French Puncheon and 30% neutral French barrique
Open top fermentors containing 20-30% whole cluster Grenache
You finally found it. The box was at the very back of the museum, tucked in an exhibit near a wooly mammoth. The map wasn't a fake after all. Eagerly, yet carefully you slowly open the black lacquered lid. A lush perfume of black currant, rose petal, frankincense and raspberry liqueur envelopes you. Inside the box is a tiny clay pot. You pick it up and cautiously empty it into your hand. A fine dust peppered of what smells like ground spearmint, chocolate powder, black pepper and sage spills out. You simply must taste it. Flavors of sweet maduro tobacco, cinnamon, pineapple sage, tamari, fig and fresh boysenberry burst forth. Sitting back, the experience washes over you. The formula has been found, and now the long work of building can finally begin.
Grenache from Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard,(Alta Mesa and J Block) sitting between 3,000 and 3200 foot elevation in Ventucopa ,California.
97% Santa Barbara Highlands Grenache, 3% Bien Nacido Syrah
19 barrels made
Decant 3-4 hours, serve slightly above cellar temperature (55-60F) . Aging potential 8-10 years.