2015 Provisor Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Grenache
Release Date: Fall 2016
Production: 60 cases
Vineyard: Located in the famed Lytton Springs District of Dry Creek Valley, Provisor Vineyard’s prized red rock soils are planted to Tablas Creek Clone D Grenache in ideal north-south rows that run down a gently sloping hillside. Grown in Provisor’s warm, dry conditions, these organically farmed grapes achieve beautiful ripeness, while preserving wonderful natural acidity and tannins.
Harvest: While the 2015 growing season produced very low yields and one of the earliest harvests ever, the quality of the grapes was exceptional and we were able to pick exactly when we wished. We harvested our Grenache on September 8 at 24.0° Brix, with the fruit showing beautiful concentration and complexity.
Fermentation: To preserve its bold, rustic tannins, 100% of this wine was fermented as whole clusters using the traditional pigeage method, with 15% undergoing carbonic maceration to highlight the Grenache’s bright, sweet fruit notes.
Cellar Notes: To further highlight this wine’s alluring fruit flavors, it was aged for 10 months in neutral 500-liter French oak puncheons. It was racked once and bottled unfiltered and unfined in July of 2016.
Total acid: 6.2 g/l
Malolactic fermentation: Completed
Tasting Notes: While this wine has beautiful fruit character, with lush, inviting layers of wild strawberry, black raspberry and violets, it also has a sophisticated savory side, with notes of moist earth and white pepper. On the palate, the vibrant fruit is framed by firm tannins and a streak of refreshing acidity that lifts the wine and carries the flavors to a bright, focused finish.
Vision: I love Grenache. With its alluring red fruit aromas and rustic tannins, it can be a wonderful food wine. My goal is to accentuate this wine’s depth, complexity and ability to age, while still showcasing the vibrant character that makes Great Grenache so fun and appealing.