93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
92 Points - Vinous
90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2017 vintage produced a Grenache that is rich and flavorful. As with prior vintages, they blended a little Syrah into the mix, helping to add structure and depth to the palate. Prevailing on the nose are dark berry aromas with baking spices, vanilla and anise. Bright strawberry and cherry dominate the palate, rounded out with notes of white pepper, currant and dark chocolate.
The highly intense nature of this Grenache lends itself to be paired with braised or smoked meat, but it would be delicious with cassoulet or a classic charcuterie board.
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Varietal Composition: 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah
Vineyard Source: 100% Rodney's Vineyard (Blocks P2, P1 & F3) located on the Fess Parker home ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley
Harvest Dates: 10/19/17 - 10/20/17
Aging: Aged 17 months in 100% 500L French oak puncheons, 32% new
Cooperage: Ermitage, Mercurey, Atelier
Harvest Brix: 26.2 - 27.1
Acid: 0.558 g/100ml
Production: 527 cases
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