Grenache, ‘Besson Vyd’, A Tribute to Grace
“The Besson Vineyard sits just shy of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, on the ‘Hecker Pass’ linking Santa Cruz to Gilroy. Planted in 1910, this historic vineyard was brought to fame years ago by Randall Grahm’s ‘Clos de Gilroy’, and I was lucky enough to be offered three gracious tons in 2013. Owned and farmed by third generation farmer George Besson Jr, these amazing head-trained vines now look remarkably like wizards. The vines are spaced 8’x6’ on a gravelly clay loam soil, and continue to be dry-farmed and organic.
Grace’s block sits on the western side of the property, abutting an old river bed with the most gentle of slopes. A most humbling opportunity that we are so very grateful for, to work with grapes such as these.” -Angela Osborne
Press & Reviews
The 2013 Grenache Besson Vineyard is a new cuvee from Angela that comes from an old vineyard (the Grenache vines were planted in 1910, some of the oldest in the state) that lies just northeast of Santa Cruz. It offers lots of violet, blueberry, sweet cherry, leather and herb characteristics to go with a balanced, juicy and lively Grenache that has nicely integrated acidity, plenty of cut and focus, and a great finish. Made from 100% Grenache, fermented with 50% whole cluster and aged 16 months in neutral oak, this is a beautiful Grenache that will have a decade of overall longevity.
--Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
The 2013 Grenache Besson Vineyard emerges from one hundred year-old, head-trained vines just outside Gilroy, close to the southern edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Besson shows darker tonalities of fruit than most wines. Dark red and blue-fleshed stone fruits, lavender and spices find plenty of support from beams of underlying tannin. Vivid and beautifully delineated in the glass, the 2013 is super-impressive. The 2013 was done with 50% whole clusters and aged in neutral barrels.
-- Antonio Galloni