2015 Califa Grenache
The Edna Valley certainly produces a unique style of Grenache: dark, dense and packed with exotic spices. The Califa Grenache is the poster child for this style. This wine opens with aromas of macerated blackberry, cherry coulis, boysenberry jam and tart strawberry. Flavors of pomegranate, black currant, blood orange and toasted vanilla flood the elegant palate, promising great age worthiness.
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.
2015 began with another warm, dry winter. Rainy weather in the spring contributed to lower yields, further accelerating an already early harvest. Moderate temperatures in August allowed us to bring in fruit at a steady pace without any major heat spikes. Additionally, the early pick of the Grenache kept the natural acidity moderately high, resulting in a beautiful wine.
The fruit for this wine was hand picked at night, then meticulously hand-sorted. Berries were then destemmed and gravity fed into small opentop 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.
Our Califa Grenache is made up entirely of Clone Noir, which adds rich red fruit and structure to the wine.