This Grenache Noir is a pretty garnet color with a tantalizing nose of cranberry, raspberry, ripe cherry, and sugared orange peel. The first sip immediately entices your palate with a bright acidity that balances savory and sweet flavors. It is filled with wild strawberry, clove, mocha, hints of violet, damp forest, and spice. The voluptuous medium body of this wine and youthful tannins hold everything together, and it smooths out into red fruits and dried orange on the finish.
Camp 4 Vineyard is situated on the eastern most edge of the Santa Ynez Valley and serves as the gateway to Happy Canyon. The vineyard is hot to 18 varietals focusing on Rhone and Bordeaux, providing an ideal micro-climate with a long growing season and maximum flavor development. The sandy loam soil aids in producing high quality wine grapes. We pride our vineyard on the perfect balance of quality and quantity with a focus on sustainable farming.
The vintage of 2017 saw the highest rainfall on record thus far, totaling just over 20 inches, nearly double than last year. We saw a mild frost season while bloom in May resulted in a strong fruit set seen across all varietals. The summer months of June and July were warm, maintaining an average of 85 degrees, with several days of 100+ degrees. The first week of September brought on the warmer days, influencing rapid sugar accumulation, followed by some early and undesirable rains, which brought on minimal rot in a few blocks. The yields were average resulting in a healthy crop. The quality was balanced, yielding small berries with great concentration and color, making it a vintage of high quality wine.
Food Pairing Notes
What makes this Grenache so perfect for summer or fall is this wine can pair with nearly any dish! A favorite for vegetarian dishes and grilled fish alike. Grilled vegetables of eggplant, bell pepper, and zucchini or a grilled fatty fish like sea bass. This wine is also a compliment to cheese platters and charcuterie boards. Some favorite cheese of ours includes goat cheese like garrotxa, cypress grove midnight moon, and brillat-savarin.
Cases Produced: 125