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2018 Grenache, Santa Barbara County
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
The 2018 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, this is an ethereal Grenache that is both elegant and structured. Showing aromatics of strawberry and garrigue, with raspberry and savory spice on the palate. Partial stem inclusion through the fermentation provides texture and complexity. Aged in used barrels for 10 months, this wine highlights varietal purity, and is a great companion with a wide range of foods.
The 2018 Grenache Santa Barbara County comes from two great sites, Stolpman and Larner, and was only 40% destemmed and brought up in used barrels. Kirsch, black cherries, peppery herbs, and a touch of violets all emerge from the glass. This fresh, focused, slightly firm Grenache will benefit from another year in bottle. Maturity unavailable. — Jeb Dunnuck
Vinous 92 Points
Crushed rose petal, cedar, sweet pipe tobacco and mint soar out of the glass as the 2018 Grenache shows off its considerable allure. Soft and inviting, with tons of varietal character and appeal, the Grenache simply hits all the right notes. Drinking window 2020-2028. — Antonio Galloni
The 2017 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) is another gorgeous appellation-level wine from Jaffurs. Inky red/purplish berry fruit, black pepper, mint, lavender and licorice add aromatic nuance, but more than anything else, the 2017 is incredibly layered and detailed within its peer group. A dollop (8%) Grenache works well in rounding out the wine's balance. Drink 2020-2027. — Antonio Galloni
The 2017 Grenache Santa Barbara County comes from a handful of sites in Santa Barbara County and saw 43% stems and all neutral oak. Pretty strawberry, cherry, dried herbs, and earthy, peppery notes all emerge from this pure, beautifully polished red that has fine tannins and a great finish. It's one of those classic California Grenache that has a Pinot Noir-like vibe. — Jeb Dunnuck