A Tribute to Grace Central Coast Grenache 2020 Organic
Angela Osbourne (winemaker)
"For me, I fell in love with Grenache many moons ago, on what was meant to be a single harvest gig in the United States before coming home to make documentaries. That was vintage 2002, and thanks to my harvest boss (and fellow Kiwi) Nick Goldschmidt taking me to see "how the other 1 percent make wine" at his friend Mick Unti's winery, I tried my first ever single-varietal Grenache. I was smitten with a variety I knew little about.
As luck would have it, the Kiwi spirit works well in this land. Before I knew it, fate aligned some chance meetings and the writing of 'grace' on an Encinitas beach, a wine-bar gig that manifested enough tips to purchase two tons of Grenache, and a harvest job on the Central Coast (where by night I could make Grace in the corner of a friend's winery), and so A Tribute to Grace was born."
Our 2020 Tuesday-night-grace encompasses the entire span of California we worked with in this life-changing vintage: the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard with her 3200 feet elevation extremity and wide open skies (Alban and Noir clones), the set in-sandstone, SLO Coast dwelling Bassi Vineyard, the ancient head-trained vines at Besson Vineyard, and the High Priestess of The North (our beloved Shake Ridge Ranch).
Only 794 cases made.
52% whole-cluster, 11 months in neutral barrique and puncheon, racked once under the new moon of August 2021, and bottled two weeks later under an Aries moon, this wine embraces all of the gifts that 2020 brought us, in all their forms. We call her our California Girl.
Rhubarb, Rock rose, Violet, Copa 13.9% Alc.
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