The Grenache Gris is one of our favorite wines. The color varies each year depending on the canopy of the vines throughout the growing season. This year we footstomped the grapes and left the juice on the skins for 24 hours before being pressed. The wine began fermentation in stainless steel and then moved to ferment and age in a mix of sandstone jars and neutral French oak barrique. We aged the wine a little longer this year in sandstone jars to help further elevate the pleasing acidity in the glass. The Grenache Gris hails from Gibson Ranch, in McDowell Valley just inland of the town of Mendocino, where some of their Grenache vines are more than 110-years-old. Their age really shows as the grape skins can vary widely in color depending on the year and harvest from sun-soaked pale to darker tones closer to Grenache Noir.
VARIETIES: 100% Grenache Gris
VINEYARD: Gibson Ranch
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 300 cases
TASTING NOTES: Mead, apricot and freshly baked pie on the nose and peach, nectarine and lemon cookie on the palate.