2012 Alta Loma Grenache - LIBRARY

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2012 Alta Loma Grenache - LIBRARY

45.00

The color is the first exotic aspect of this wine to show through.  Light in color, it’s immediately obvious that the wine is built to exemplify the complex aromatics of the vineyard site.  Rose petal, cigar box, and potpourri open first in the nose.  With aeration in the glass the nose transitions into brighter pink fruits – slightly under ripe cherry notes, fresh strawberry, and cranberry begin to develop.  In the mouth the lighter fruit components show in unison with hints of earth, fresh humus, leather and that cigar box note that proves itself as the thread though this wine.  The texture is medium bodied with great mouth-coat while remaining aggressive in acidity and crisp upon exit.  Serve this wine with sushi, salad, roast chicken or simply enjoy it all by itself.  

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Winemaking notes:

Alta Loma is a storied vineyard in southern Monterey County that is regarded as the showpiece for cooler climate, biodynamically farmed Rhone varieties**.  The site and farming practices allow minimal influence by anything other than natural variables to impede the pure essence of Grenache grown here.  With this wine, we wanted to do nothing but let the vineyard speak**.  As such, we headed out into the vineyard ourselves, shirtless, with our eyes blackened by raw steer manure and our pockets full of tree-bark and rose petals to cut each cluster from the vine ourselves*.  Following the slow, handpicking of the fruit and reception back at the winery, we de-stemmed the fruit into small, ¾ ton bins**.  We ceremoniously removed our trousers and danced the biodynamic dance of chemical purity and gave thanks for the phases of the moon – the full moon, if you get my trouserless drift*.  After that – nothing.  No chemical adjustments, no inoculation, zilch**.  The wine fermented long and slow receiving three manual punchdowns per day.  Upon dryness, the skins and resultant juice were pressed directly to neutral French oak before settling in for 10 months of zero-intervention maturation*.

*  Kidding

** Not kidding