"The G" or "The G Train" is our monovarietal Grenache from Santa Barbara Highlands vineyard. This wine is an homage to the new school of Grenache producers from Spain and France. A style that focuses on purity of fruit, freshness, judicious alcohol and beautiful aromatics.
"The G" was picked on September 26th 2016 in Santa Barbara Highlands vineyard. The soil comprises of sand, alluivial rock and soil, clay and loam. The vineyard sits between 2800-3200 feet elevation and can expeirence a 40 degree diurnal swing. The variety of Grenache is called the "Alban Clone" here in California, which happens to be a cutting from Châtaeuneuf du Pape. We were very intrigued with the Santa Barbara Highlands vineyard for a source for red Grenache. SBH vineyard has very ideal conditions for Rhone varietals. A dry mediterranean climate with copious sun (much higher in elevation than most vineyards in the world), SBH vineyard can have 90 degree days and 50 degree nights. This means the resulting wines can have plenty of fleshy and juicy fruit characteristics that Grenache needs, plus the added benefit of cool nights which retains lots of acidity for freshness and balance.
We picked "The G" earlier than most on September 30 to retain acid, freshness and reasonable alcohol. The wine was aged in 500 liter neutral French oak barrels for 9 months and then aged in bottle for 3 months. The end result is a complex wine with various red-fruit tones, great acid and texture and a silky/weighted presence on the palate. This wine is about finesse, elegance and high aromatics. The wine exhibits notes of black cherry, rasberry compote and warm spice on the nose. On the palate the wine is vertical, nervy and has great texture, with notes of cherry, cedar, red licorice, oiliness and white pepper.