2015 Grenache, Santa Barbara County
The 2015 Grenache carries on our tradition of producing focused, intriguing Grenaches that taste great upon release, but also evolve with age. Ruby red in color and medium weight. Aromatics of raspberry, cherry-cola, bramble, plum and dried flowers. Lingering finish. Pairs well with a wide variety of foods. Natural acidity and tannins will allow this wine to fully integrate and age magnificently. Fruit from Stolpman, Bien Nacido and Larner Vineyards.
WINE ENTHUSIAST 94 (COMING OUT IN FEB 2018)
A delicious, appellation-level wine, the 2015 Grenache (Santa Barbara County) is bright, floral and perfumed, with quite a bit of aromatic lift from the 50% whole clusters. This is an especially weightless, gracious wine for the vintage. The understated, silky finish only adds to its considerable appeal. -- AG
Wine Advocate 89 Points
Coming from Stolpman, Larner and Bien Nacido, and aged 18 months in neutral barrels, the 2013 Grenache is medium-bodied, rounded and textured, with solid complexity in its dried cherry, cured meats, herbs and spice aromas and flavors. It’s already drinking great and should be enjoyed over the coming 3-4 years. — J.D.
Vinous 92+ Points
The 2013 Grenache (Santa Barbara County) is fabulous. Bold, racy and intense to the core, the 2013 possesses tons of depth and complexity. Sweet red cherry, mint, rose petal, spice and lavender infuse this deep, super-expressive Grenache. All the elements are in the right place. The inclusion of 25% whole clusters adds aromatic intrigue. Vineyard sources are Stolpman, Larner and Bien Nacido. This is a superb wine for the money. — A.G.