2015 Grenache, Santa Barbara County
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
This Grenache comes from three of Santa Barbara County’s premiere sites for Rhône varietals: Stolpman Vineyard is elegant, with expressive red fruit aromatics; Larner Vineyard provides spice and structure; Bien Nacido is fleshy, with plum and cola flavors. These distinct wines are blended before bottling, yielding a complex, medium-bodied Grenache with diversity that makes it an excellent option for a wide range of dishes.
Wine Enthusiast 94 points
The nose on this countywide blend is extremely elegant and lovely, with light rose petals, pressed black plums and crushed violets. There's a tremendously grippy texture to the sip, providing a pure tension that delivers flavors of purple fruit and rosewater. It's a testament to the versatility of the variety.
Vinous 91 points
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.
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.