Spring 2018

Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world. It ripens late, so it needs hot, dry conditions such as those found at Tollini Vineyard, in the Redwood Valley in Mendocino County. This varietal is a very versatile food wine. It is delicate and complex. I often refer to Grenache as a "warm climate Pinot". We harvest the Grenache early for our Rosé. This is done intentionally to preserve the lighter nuances and electric acidity of the fruit. From here, we load the fruit directly into the press. We whole cluster press the fruit and ferment the juice in one of our stainless steel tanks. For our red wine, we let the fruit hang on the vine to get riper. This allows for more intensity of flavor, color and aromatics. We use minimal new oak on our Grenache, all of the barrels being French oak. This wine will age well and pair with a wide variety of food. 

-Josh Bartels, Winemaker