Layered aromas of red plum, dried roses and raspberry entice the nose, along with hints of sandalwood and pencil shavings. Luscious and broad, the palate follows suit with both fruity and herbacious qualities with additional notes of cranberry, sage, and rosemary. Mild tannins with crisp acidity ensures this wine will age for at least 8-10 years.
Chamisal was the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973 and now contains 80 acres planted to 5 varieties and 25 clonal selections. The nearby Pacific ocean creates a long temperate growing season for exceptional hang time, which combines with the calcareous, clay-rich soil to produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors.
2012 was a classic vintage. A very dry, cold winter led into a Spring with rainfall just prior to budbreak, giving the vines hydration at the start of the growing season. Spring temperatures increased quickly, generating rapid vine growth while warm, calm conditions during flowering ensured a healthy yield. A long, consistent summer provided even ripening with retention of acidity, and lack of harvest heat waves allowed for picking at perfect maturity.
The fruit for this wine was handpicked at night, then meticulously hand-sorted. Berries were then destemmed and gravity fed into small open top fermentors. After a three-day cold soak, a long, cool fermentation was initiated using native yeasts. Gentle pumpovers were utilized to optimize extraction. Following fermentation, the wine was racked to French oak barrels for 18 months with minimal racking.
This vintage, our Estate Grenache consists of Clone Noir, which adds rich red fruit and structure to the wine, and Alban Clone, which gives this wine complex layers of black fruit and spice.