The 2009 Santa Barbara Highlands -Jordan Grenache
was created with passion, vision and to pay homage to a very
special girl ƒ‚‚– the proprietorƒ‚‚’s daughter- Jordan. The grapes
for this limited wine were handpicked in the cool morning hours in
our Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard at the peak of ripeness. They
were delivered to the winery in small half-ton bins where they were
immediately dumped onto a sorting table and then gently destemmed
whole berry into a small, open top tank for three days.
After a 3 day cold soak, we gently warmed the
tank and primary fermentation started using only native yeasts. A
near perfect fermentation took place over 10 days, in which we
allowed the must to peak at a temperature of 88F for one day. We
feel this heat spike creates texture and mouth feel to the wine.
After the must went dry, we gravity racked the wine to several
3-year old French Oak barrels for secondary fermentation, commonly
referred to as malolactic fermentation. This converts sharper malic
acids into softer, creamier lactic acids.
Upon completion we allowed the wine to sit on the
lees for an additional month to build a richer mouth feel. Finally
we racked the wine to tank to help with clarication, washed our
barrels and put the wine back in them for an additional 13 mos. of
aging. At the end of this ageing process, we racked the wine to
tank and prepped it for bottling. We hope you enjoy this wine as
much as we do...Cheers Jordan!
This very rare wine has beautiful hues of ruby
red and jewel tones. After swirling the mysterious blend in your
glass, your nose rewards you with wonderful strawberry, plum and
spice notes, with a hint of orange zest. Upon taking your rst sip,
you will notice the silky and seductive nature of this wine.
Flavors of candied red fruits, citrus peel, black tea and soy
engulf the palette and leave a long and lingering smile on your
face. We felt so passionate about this wine that we decided to hold
back only two barrels and bottle it unned and unltered. We hope it
brings you as much joy as we had making it.
In Vino Veritas!
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