2016 Provisor Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Grenache
Release Date: Fall 2017
Production: 100 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: Though yields were relatively low and the harvest was early, the 2016 growing season produced another exceptional vintage. We harvested our Provisor Grenache on September 15th at 22.6 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 20% 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 August of 2017.
Total acid: 6.7 g/l
Malolactic fermentation: Completed
Tasting Notes: Though beautifully explosive, with robust layers of wild strawberry, Kirsch, and ripe cherry, this wine is also remarkably poised and light on its feet. On the palate, the lush, juicy fruit mingles with hints of lavender, eucalyptus and freshly cracked black pepper. Round, sweet tannis underscore a lingering finish with flavors of dried flowers and homemade strawberry jam.
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.