2008 “La Montagnette” Alder Ridge Vineyard Grenache

2009 La Montagnette Grenache

2009 started out cool and wet, but the warm weather came with a vengeance. The sustained heat gave the grapes thick skins with concentrated flavor and tannins. As always, our cool nights helped retain nice acidity. The wines of 2009 are rich, powerful, with deep flavors, concentration and body.

All of the fruit was gently destemmed and crushed into open top fermenters with approximately 30% whole berries. A five day cold maceration under controlled temperatures took place, after which the individual lots were inoculated with various Rhone yeast selections. Fermentations were punched down twice daily, with the temperature peaking at 81º F. After eight days of maceration, each lot was pressed and allowed to settle in tank before going to barrel. The wine was aged in four-year old French oak barrels for 10 months. Racking did not occur until bottling in August of 2010. The final blend is 95% Grenache with 5% Syrah as topping material. This wine is drinkable upon release, but will gracefully age for the next 10–15 years. A deep, garnet-colored wine offering up aromas of black currant, braised meat, orange peel, slate and cassis. These exotic aromatics are followed in the mouth by rich flavors of black cherries, dark plum, structured tannins and balanced acidity. The finish is long, concentrated, powerful yet elegant.This wine pairs well with beef, grilled pork, lamb, poultry, wild game, tuna, pasta and mild, firm cheeses.

Tech Notes

14.8% 3.56 pH 6.3 g/L TA