GRAPE BLEND & SOURCE
87% Grenache, 8% Cinsault, 5% Carignan
El Camino Real Vineyard; Shokrian Vineyard; Camp 4 Vineyard
8 months in mostly neutral American oak (18% new)
Aromas of cooked pluots, candied figs and mixed-berry tarts with a whiff of sea breeze rise out of the glass. The light-bodied palate is very approachable with notes of blueberries, strawberries, and baked apple pie, perfectly complemented by hints of black pepper and baking spices.
Grapes for the 2018 Grenache came from three different vineyards in Santa Barbara County, with the majority coming from El Camino Real vineyard. A small amount of Cinsault and Carignan from the Camp 4 vineyard was added to the blend as well. This wine was aged in oak for eight months before being bottled to 350 cases in late 2019. A small amount of new oak was used (18%).
Pair with tender, slow-cooked pork, braised lamb, or root vegetable stews. The bold fruit flavors in the wine balance the fat content in meat-based stews and add complexity to dense vegetarian dishes. Fatty fish like salmon, trout, tuna, and sea bass absorb more smoke flavor than leaner fish, making them a perfect match for a smoky young Grenache.
The 2017 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon can be enjoyed now and for up to an additional 3-4 years if stored in proper conditions.
Bion Rice, Director of Winemaking
Matt Smith, Consulting Winemaker
Jon Flores, Assistant Winemaker
Jose Gomez, Cellar Master
Guadalupe Chavez, Assistant Cellar Master