Rose of Grenache 'Santa Barbara Highlands Vyd', A Tribute to Grace
In 2017 we added three rows from a neighboring block to bring a new dimension to our Rosé: two
clonal selections harvested separately to bring aromatic complexity (of clone “Noir) to the lively
vibrance of our beloved ‘K1’ Grenache (planted to clone 2). We also increased our tonnage, with a
wondrous 12.7 tons to devote to our Rosé. Both blocks are farmed to around 5 tons per acre, the
density both slows down the ripening curve, and maintains the pH – perfect for intentional Rosé. The
early rains in 2016 brought a new depth to the fruit, resulting in layers of aniseed-like minerality.
Each block was picked separately; half of the clusters were de-stemmed, the other half foot-stomped.
This alternating juice to skin ratio married for 24 hours, before being gently pressed to tank. A long,
slow fermentation ensued over 53 days, after which she rested with her gross lees for 3 more moons.
Secondary fermentation was halted to keep the wine’s delicate aromatics and crisp acidity.
Vineyard: Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard AVA: Santa Barbara County
Varietal: 100% Grenache, Clone 2; Noir Harvest Date: Sep. 15th & 18th (moon in Cancer., Virgo)
Alcohol: 13.1% abv Élevage: 5 months in Tank Of Grace
Finishing pH: 3.30 Bottling date: February 21, 2018 (moon in Aries)
Release date: March 1st, 2018 Total Production: 734 cases
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