Grenache, ‘Alakai’, Joel Gott
Inspired by Southern Rhône and California Rhône-style wines, this is a blend of Grenache with smaller amounts of Carignane, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir and Viognier. Sourced mainly from the Monterey appellation where windy, cool weather, similar to that in France’s Rhône Valley, stressed the vines, creating smaller, more concentrated fruit clusters. Fruit from Sonoma adds power, structure and spice to the blend. Vineyards closest to the coast in both Mendocino and Santa Barbara experience cool, foggy mornings and warmer afternoons, bringing out well-developed delicate, red fruit flavors and balanced acidity in the grapes. Finishing out the blend is a small amount of Carignane from old vines, adding complexity and color to the wine.
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