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2012 Grenache Blanc

2012 Grenache Blanc

Grenache Blanc is another grape variety seemingly planted all around the Mediterranean. There’s something about being close to the sea and spending all that time under the sunny skies that makes the grapes happy.

More and more has been planted in Santa Barbara County over the past decade, more people are discovering that it makes wines that are extremely versatile when it comes to wine/food pairing.

We like it with grilled seafood, grilled chicken, or grilled pork. Are you noticing a theme here? Grenache Blanc plays nicely with things cooked over flames. While California Live Oak is the preferred fuel here in Los Olivos, mesquite, charcoal briquettes, or propane do just fine.

As with most of the world’s top Grenache Blanc, you’re going to discover some unexpected sensations in the Consilience bottling; red apples and spice ride on top of a touch of minerally flintiness. This wine receives 14 months aging in neutral French oak barrels, so the finish is long and complex, but not at all heavy (that’s what makes this wine so ideal with grilled food).

502 cases produced

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2011 Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard

2011 Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard

The Tierra Alta Vineyard was planted by our friend John Belfy back in 2000. Located in Ballard Canyon (just to the west of Los Olivos), it’s the steepest vineyard in the area, and is made of limestone-rich soil. The combo of limestone and elevation makes for perfect drainage (maybe not such a big consideration in light of the drought!) plus it offers ideal heating and cooling conditions for the vines. Syrah thrives under such conditions, and Tierra Alta is known for its deep, dark, intense wines. To add to the complexity brought by the grapes, Brett ages the wine for 11 months in a combination of French, American, and Hungarian oak barrels. It is long and luscious, worthy of stashing a few bottles away in the cellar for a few years to see how it changes.

196 cases produced

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2011 Petite Sirah La Presa Vineyard

2011 Petite Sirah La Presa Vineyard

Growing up in the wine world in the 70s and 80s, Petite Sirah was a wine you bought because you didn’t want to shell out for Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines were rustic to a fault; brambly and tannic, they were coarse and it felt as if the acid would take the enamel off your teeth if you drank too much. They required aging – lots of aging. Like “it’s 2014 and my 1974 Petit Sirahs are finally mellowing out” aging. We’ve learned from past mistakes in grapegrowing and winemaking, and modern-day Petite Sirah is worlds away from what it used to be.

Case in point, the 2011 La Presa before you. It is ripe, rich, bold, and fruit-forward to say the least. It’s got a creaminess to it that hides any rough edges the variety may have retained from its past. It’s also important to note that the Santa Barbara County climate is much better for Petite Sirah than it is further on up the coast; cool nights and warm days push the maturity of the fruit in a good way, producing a wine that shows beautifully now, but with some aging potential if you can keep yourself away from it in the cellar for awhile. There’s a hint (3%) of Syrah blended in, just to add some high notes, but this is a benchmark of this variety – we only made a few barrels, so if this sounds like a wine you’d like, we recommend tasting it soon so you can place an order for extra bottles before it sells out. 

95 cases produced

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