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2016 Steel Plow Vineyard Grenache - FINAL VINTAGE

2016 Steel Plow Vineyard

Grenache

SONOMA VALLEY


ALLOCATION LIST: $39.60
RETAIL: $44.00


TASTING NOTES

As with many grape varieties, Grenache can be grown and vinified to produce a wide range of styles from massive and jammy to lightly-fruited and quaffable. While we often aim for a more elegant “Pinot” style of Grenache to highlight its exuberant and spicy red berry qualities, this baby has an intensity unlike any we have produced before.

Kent and Hanna pulled out all the stops in the cellar – it’s a true labor of love. Whole clusters of Grenache were fermented via carbonic maceration, bleeding off every drop of free run juice during cold soak for 8 days straight, then foot trod, punched down and pumped over in tank, and left on the skins for a month to soften the tannins until it was pressed and aged in neutral puncheon for a year and a half. Whew! We think you’ll agree it was totally worth it once you get it in your glass.

Ripe fruit and exotic spices absolutely soar from the glass and while there’s still that gentle grippyness on the palate that makes Grenache so food friendly, it remains quite supple and generous. When paired with a meat, cheese or a hearty red sauce pasta, you’ll unlock its true potential and really blast off.

Although this is our last vintage from Steel Plow Vineyard, the growing legions of Grenache fans shouldn’t despair. We’ve already found another great source and will apply all we’ve learned to it. Stay tuned!

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: late 2018 — 2021
Graceful ageability: 2022 — 2024

VINEYARDS

100% Steel Plow

CLONES

100% Tablas Creek clones A, B, C & D

STATS

pH: 3.7  |  TA: 5.6 g/L  |  Alcohol: 14.9%
Bottling: March 3, 2018  |  Pre-Release: Fall 2018
Cases Produced: 83



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