Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard
Demeter Certified Biodynamic Wine
The Grenache for this wine is made from the famed, biodynamically farmed Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in Edna Valley. To maximize and balance fruit extraction, I used 40% whole clusters in an open top fermenter, stomping on the whole clusters, before de-stemming the rest. The wine is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. Grenache, being an oxidative varietal, is handled differently than Syrah. The grapes are pressed shortly before they get to dryness while there’s still plenty of CO2 to protect it. Then it goes direct from the press to neutral barrels, where it’s aged on the lees for 18 months. At that point, I make a barrel selection and we rack it for the first time using gravity instead of a pump.
Cool climate Grenache when grown, harvested, and hand crafted for balance, produces a layered, complex wine of intrigue. This aromatic, deeply colored red is multi-dimensional, intense yet elegant, with a purity of fruit, and brilliant cherry red clarity. It is enjoyable now with its lively fruit and is well match with a honey glazed ham or lamb roast. But a few years bottle age will bring bliss. Only 4 barrels produce, less than 100 cases.