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2011 The Barrel Climber Grenache

2011 The Barrel Climber

Grenache

RUSSIAN RIVERsonoma county


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TASTING NOTES - SPECIAL BOTTLING

Our special bottling of "The Barrel Climber" has gone from a white in 2010 to a red in 2011. This vintage produced a Grenache that simply cried out to be bottled on its own and we are super excited to share it! Sourced from the spectacular Greywacke Vineyard – a tiny, high-altitude parcel on the eastern slope of Black Mountain in the Russian River Valley – this is only our second bottling of Grenache ever and we are delighted with how the blend came together. Above the fog line, Greywacke enjoys plenty of sun and a long growing season, perfect for the late ripening variety made famous by the wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

We love this wine for its exuberant and pretty perfume of red and black fruits and range of warm Asian spices. Bing cherry, black currant and pomegranate flavors lead to a snappy, lively finish. Almost Pinot-like in color and weight but with Grenache’s signature backbone and grip, this will really shine with Mediterranean-inspired foods like grilled, herb-rubbed meats (especially lamb) and veggies, tomato based pasta dishes, and hearty cheeses.

Aged in mostly neutral barrels and blended with 9% Las Madres Syrah for added layering and complexity, the 2011 Grenache is still a rambunctious youngster. If you must open one now, we recommend decanting it for an hour before you dive in. Otherwise let it rest for a year or two in the cellar and you’ll be very pleased indeed!

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: late 2013 to 2016
Graceful ageability: 2018+

VINEYARDS

91% Greywacke, 9% Las Madres

CLONES

Tablas Creek Grenache / 174 and 300 Syrah

STATS

pH: 3.53
  |  TA: 5.8 g/L
  |  Alcohol: 14.3%

Bottling: April 22, 2013  |  Pre-Release: Fall 2013  |  Retail Release: Spring 2014
Cases Produced: 137

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