The 2018 Grenache Blanc is packed with pure varietal character. Aromas of honeysuckle, melon and Asian pear are lifted by fresh notes of citrus rind. The palate is rich and broad, showing flavors of mango, pineapple and green apple. Exotic hints of herbs and spice add a beautifully unique signature to a smooth, seamless finish.
The 35-acre Brick Barn estate vineyard lies just north of the Santa Ynez River in a largely unexplored winegrowing corridor near the city of Buellton in the western Santa Ynez Valley. Here, persistent sun exposure ensures ripe flavors, while the Pacific Ocean—just 10 miles away—delivers daily cooling that maintains fruit acidity and structure. Our Grenache Blanc is planted to Clone 141 in Block 2, a small 3.2-acre parcel situated in front of our winery. This block’s sandy riverbed soils foster vivid aromatics in our Grenache Blanc fruit, while the Pacific breezes help maintain fruit vibrancy right through full maturity. Tight 6x3 vine spacing ensures that yields are kept in check for the sake of natural flavor intensity.
Our intent is to showcase the deeper side of Grenache Blanc, leveraging our unique sandy soils to create a wine of breadth and substance. After night harvesting, the clusters were partially de-stemmed and left on the skins for six hours prior to pressing. The fruit character gained from our soils allowed us to maximize skin contact for the sake of complexity. After cold settling, the juice was racked and fermented in stainless steel over a period of 20 days. After four months, the wine was fined and racked to stainless steel tanks, where it matured for 10 months prior to bottling.
Crafted in a bold, structured style, the 2018 Grenache Blanc reflects the distinctive conditions of our estate vineyard and showcases the full-bodied character of this classic Rhône variety.