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2018 Flora Marie Grenache

2018 Flora Marie

Grenache

RUSSIAN RIVERsonoma county


ALLOCATION LIST: $39.60
RETAIL: $44.00


Grenache quickly became a fan favorite when we added it to our lineup, and wow, was that 2016 something special. After one year’s painful absence in 2017, we’re thrilled to introduce you to our latest installment from the outstanding Flora Marie vineyard in the Russian River Valley! And man, oh man, are you going to love this one.

Arriving at the winery in absolutely impeccable condition, the gorgeous fruit went straight into tank 100% whole-cluster for carbonic (oxygen deprived) fermentation to preserve and enhance the delicate aromas and flavors. Twelve days later the fruit was tread by foot, followed by added pump-overs and punchdowns. After letting it rest on the skins for a month, we pressed and went into a neutral puncheon for its 22-month long nap before bottling.

All of this gentle handling produced an amazingly vital, authentic and explosive rendition of this Southern Rhone native. Crunchy fresh raspberries, strawberries and a darker fruit, plus cracked black pepper abound, along with dusty Sonoma hillside dried sage and anise components. Ripe tannins provide backbone aplenty and proper acid keeps thing fresh. If you like a bit of grip and youthful charm, go ahead and pop one open young, but this baby is destined for a beautiful evolution in the cellar and should enter prime drinking by mid- to late 2022, then age easily for another decade or more.

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: Late 2022 through 2028
Graceful ageability: 2029+

VINEYARDS

Flora Marie

CLONES

100% Alban

STATS

pH: 3.68 |  TA: 5.4 | Alcohol: 14.8%
Bottling: March 5, 2020 | Release: Fall 2020
Cases Produced: 49

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