A truly beautiful red wine from another remarkable vineyard. The wine is 100% Grenache, from vines planted about 1910 as part of Secondo Guasti's orginal planting in Rancho Cucamonga. The history books portray the planting as mostly Zinfandel, but there is a surprising amount of Grenache that has survived: in fact, two vineyards, separated by a few miles.
We harvested from the deep sand in the hottest days of August, brought the fruit back to the winery and foot-stomped it. There were 6 different fermentations in different kinds of vessels. We loved the wines fermented in upright wooden puncheons; the final blend is composed of these and one bin fermentation.
The wine is soft and light but somewhat feral and very intense. It is perhaps the wine of the vintage I am most surprised about. The wine resembles Angela Osborne's remarkable Grenaches from nearby Hofer, but also resembles some elegant Chateau-Neufs. A star.