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2016 Grenache, Santa Barbara County
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
The 2016 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, with aromatics of raspberry, cherry-cola, bramble, plum and dried flowers. Partial stem inclusion through the fermentation provides texture and spice. Aged in used barrels for 10 months, this wine highlights the purity of the Grenache grape, and is a great companion with a wide range of foods.
Rarely is Grenache the best grape to lay down in the cellar, but this bottling has the bones and pedigree to qualify. Plump berry, cherry and red-currant fruits have a floral edge on the nose, while the palate is very grippy with tannins that hold the sumac and tart cherry flavors tightly. Drink 2020–2026. — Matt Kettmann
Sleek and spirited, with floral raspberry and spiced cinnamon aromas and elegantly layered cherry and smoky, sweet anise flavors. Drink now through 2023. 500 cases made. — Tim Fish
The 2016 Grenache Santa Barbara County from this team (100% Grenache aged in used barrels) offers a ripe, upfront, charming style. Bing cherries, raspberries, ground herbs, and hints of pepper all flow to a medium-bodied, silky, elegant wine that will keep for a good 6-8 years. Maturity 2018-2024. — Jeb Dunnuck
2015 Grenache, Santa Barbara County
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.
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.
2014 Grenache, Santa Barbara County
Concentrated strawberry, black licorice and earthy loam scents waft in elegant waves of aroma in this bottling. There is a compelling density to the palate, where black and red plum peel flavors meet with rhubarb, beetand spicy root beer touches.