2019 Four Brothers Vineyard Grenache
There is an intense spice that dominates the nose of the Four Brothers Grenache. This wine is a mix of grilling herbs, pepper and minerality that is matched by its round full fruity mouthfeel. The dance of fruit and spice is perfectly balanced and continues to build as it opens up. The finish is long and smooth with very fine tannins. It is a delicious and elegant expression of this unique field blend from a very cool mountain climate.
October 8th, 2019
Fermentation and Aging:
Destemmed to tank with 25% whole cluster added. Cold Soaked for 7 days before native fermentation. The wine was kept for 17 days in tank. The free run was drained and transferred to barrel after settling in tank overnight. French Oak, with no new oak used. Malolactic occurred naturally in barrel with nothing added. The wine was aged for 15 months on lees and racked gently before bottling. Bottled without fining or filtering.
RS: dry: 0.01 %
The majority of the rock in Bennett Valley is volcanic basalt. The Four Brothers ranch is the family ranch of our winemaker, Patrick Sullivan. The soil series is called Sprekles clay loam and they have been formed from the ancient Sonoma Mountain volcano. Thousands of years of weathering has left the vineyard packed full of small fragmented rocks throughout the soil and which give the wine its uncommon minerality. The Grenache vineyard is located at the highest part of the ranch at over 900ft elevation perched on a bench that gets plenty of sunshine and steady cool breezes in the afternoon. This allows the grapes to ripen slowly and steadily while maintaining its bright acidity.
This small 1.5 acre vineyard is planted as a field blend of different varietals. The majority is Grenache Noir from several different clones. There is also Syrah, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouchet, as well as a few white grape varieties mixed in as well. The grapes are picked and fermented together. This allows the blend to achieve a more complex and compelling wine than if they were fermented separately.