2017 Estate Grenache Blanc

This wine is a model of Grenache Blanc’s potential for pure, graceful, and complex expression when grown in a cool-climate site.  Bright pale gold, the 2017 Dovecote Grenache Blanc opens with fresh aromatics of tart citrus, Asian pear, and flinty minerality.  The palate is framed by a delightful acidic zest and finishes with a lingering medley of exotic tropical notes.  Lovers of racy Chablis, Pouilly-Fumé, and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc will enjoy this wine.  A perfect match for delicate seafood, shellfish, charcuterie, and cheeses.

Vineyard Notes

Established in 1990, Thompson Vineyard lies just inland from California’s windswept Central Coast on the eastern side of the cool San Antonio Creek Valley in Northern Santa Barbara County.  It rests within the Alisos Canyon corridor where transverse mountain ranges flood the area with daily fog and ocean air, extending chilly mornings and afternoons, softening midday heat, and yielding cold and often icy nights.

Planted to primarily Rhone varietals, here the vines sit on their own roots in alluvial sand over a deep foundation of white limestone that once comprised the floor of the Pacific Ocean.  Thompson Vineyard naturally produces extremely small, slow, and evenly-ripening yields that often stretch harvests well into late November, resulting in deeply complex cool-climate wines that evolve gracefully with age.

Winemaking Notes

Fruit was harvested by hand at night on September 29, 2017.  The fruit was then pressed whole cluster, racked directly to barrel, and fermented in stainless steel with no secondary fermentation.  It was bottled February 15, 2018 and is ready to enjoy now and over the coming 2-4 years.

Vintage
2017
Varietal
100% Grenache Blanc
Vineyard
Thompson Vineyard
Vine Age
27 years
Rootstock
Own
Soil
Shaley Loam
Appellation
Alisos Canyon, Los Alamos Valley, Santa Barbara County
Climate
Cool I/II
Brix
21.8
Aging
100% Stainless Steel
pH
3.19
ABV
13.2%
Cases
25