93pts Wine Spectator
A lovely and expressive wine, offering floral raspberry, rose petal and smoky, grilled pepper flavors that build structure and tension toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2029.
The Santa Barbara County Grenache is made up of fruit sourced from several top vineyard sites within Ballard Canyon, Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley. The fruit is de-stemmed and fermented in 1.5-ton open top fermenters, where gentle punch downs are conducted 3-5 times daily to allow gradual extraction of color and tannin from the skins. A cool and long fermentation retains fruit aromatics and increases flavor concentration. A soft pressing yields a wine full of complex tannins before maturing in neutral French oak puncheons. The wine is then aged for 14 months in neutral 500-liter French oak puncheons.