2020 Estate GrenacheRegular price$6500 $65.00
2020 Estate Grenache
The 2020 Dovecote Estate Grenache comes from our massal selection of 30-year-old own-rooted vines. It was fermented with native yeast and approximately 15% whole clusters for a subtle mushroomed earthiness that elevates delicate aromatics of wild berries and rose petals. The palate comes alive with honeyed orange peel, sweet capsicum, mulling spices, and boysenberry pie, all framed by an electric acidity that lingers long on the finish for excellent variability with a wide range of cuisine. Drink from 2023-2030.
- Alcohol 14%
- Vintage 2020
- Varietal 100% Grenache (15% whole cluster)
- Vineyard Thompson Vineyard
- Appellation Alisos Canyon
- Vine Age 30 years
- Clone Massal Selection
- Rootstock Own
- Soil Sand and flint over limestone
- Farming Sustainable
- Climate Cool I/II
Established in 1990, Thompson Vineyard lies just inland from California’s windswept Central Coast on the eastern side of the cool San Antonio Creek Valley in Northern Santa Barbara County. It rests within the Alisos Canyon corridor where transverse mountain ranges flood the area with daily fog and ocean air, extending chilly mornings and afternoons, softening midday heat, and yielding cold and often icy nights.
Planted to primarily Rhone varietals, here the vines sit on their own roots in alluvial sand over a deep foundation of white limestone that once comprised the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Thompson Vineyard naturally produces extremely small, slow, and evenly-ripening yields that often stretch harvests well into late November, resulting in deeply complex cool-climate wines that evolve gracefully with age.
- Aging 18 months in 100% neutral French oak barriques, aged on lees with bi-weekly bâtonnage for six months before racking, bottled in May 2022
- Cases 149
- Peak years 2023-2030
90% destemmed, cold soaked for 7 days, small open top fermentation with native/ambient yeast. One morning punchdown and one evening pumpover.