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A Tribute To Grace Shake Ridge Ranch Grenache 2012

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This was my second vintage from the Shake Ridge Ranch, and only the second 'leaf' from the block itself (planted in 2009). The vineyard sits atop the wonderful town of Sutter Creek amidst an ocean of quartz. The immaculate parcel is planted in my most beloved clone of Grenache, 362 -- cited to originate in Languedoc-Roussillon. The 2012 vintage carried an intensity of flavors from the outset. The clusters themselves were far smaller than the year prior. The color of the berries were deeper, the rose petal notes became rose attar, and the resulting wine is a far more serious woman. Fermentation was native, with 50% whole cluster inclusion. I foot-tread the clusters twice daily throughout fermentation. At dryness, I gently pressed to barrel and allowed the secondary fermentation to occur spontaneously. The wine was racked once, under the first new moon of 2014. After 18 months in a combination of mostly neutral French Oak (one once-used Marsanny barrel amidst five three year olds), she was bottled on March 3rd, 2014. 127 cases produced.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Grenache
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Grace Wine Company:
A Tribute To Grace Wine Company is dedicated to crafting authentic expressions of Grenache. All wines are single-vineyard sourced to maintain authenticity, and remain 100% Grenache. Angela Osbourne is a New Zealand born winemaker who moved to California in 2006 with the dream of making Grenache. In the land from which she stems, the climate is too cool to ripen this sun-loving beauty. An... Read more
A Tribute To Grace Wine Company is dedicated to crafting authentic expressions of Grenache. All wines are single-vineyard sourced to maintain authenticity, and remain 100% Grenache. Angela Osbourne is a New Zealand born winemaker who moved to California in 2006 with the dream of making Grenache. In the land from which she stems, the climate is too cool to ripen this sun-loving beauty. And so began her search: northern Spain, southern France, southern Australia, California. Abundant sunshine and entrepeuneurial spirit led her to the latter, and in 2007 she sourced her first Grenache fruit from the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard. Nestled high above the Pacific Ocean and 33 miles inland, this high-desert vineyard provided the perfect balance of heat and light she sought. She chose to name my label after two of my favourite things: her Grandmother Grace, and her most beloved attribute. Her winemaking intention is to capture this spirit, and stay as close to nature as humanly possible. The trio is completed by the grape itself, which to her encapsulates grace. Read less

This was my second vintage from the Shake Ridge Ranch, and only the second 'leaf' from the block itself (planted in 2009). The vineyard sits atop the wonderful town of Sutter Creek amidst an ocean of quartz. The immaculate parcel is planted in my most beloved clone of Grenache, 362 -- cited to originate in Languedoc-Roussillon. The 2012 vintage carried an intensity of flavors from the outset. The clusters themselves were far smaller than the year prior. The color of the berries were deeper, the rose petal notes became rose attar, and the resulting wine is a far more serious woman. Fermentation was native, with 50% whole cluster inclusion. I foot-tread the clusters twice daily throughout fermentation. At dryness, I gently pressed to barrel and allowed the secondary fermentation to occur spontaneously. The wine was racked once, under the first new moon of 2014. After 18 months in a combination of mostly neutral French Oak (one once-used Marsanny barrel amidst five three year olds), she was bottled on March 3rd, 2014. 127 cases produced.

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Alcohol: 14.7%

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