"This is the first vintage Rosemary Cakebread is completely satisfied with this Grenache but she’s determined to persist with it. Vines range in age: 10- to 30-year-old bush vines. The vineyard was originally planted in the late 19th century by Carlo Rossi. Phil Coturri farms this and her Oakville Cabernet. He is committed to organic and this is certified. The fruit doesn’t need that much time in barrel (12–14 months for Amador and only seven months for this). Larger old puncheons and a bit of stainless steel. 2010 was the first vintage.
Full, sweet and broad. Luscious and lovely on the palate. Round and sweet. Rose-petal scent. Very pure. She’s taking Grenache much more seriously than most makers of Cabernet. Lovely stuff! And not ridiculously overpriced. 17/20 points."
Vinous Reverie Notes
One hundred percent Grenache is sourced from Rossi Ranch in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Owned by Sandy Otellini and farmed by Phil Coturri, the fine sandy loam soils are perfect for growing this wondrously aromatic red grape. Laced with wild strawberry but also nuanced with wooly thyme and wet stone. Burgundian in character and winemaking, fermentation occurs in open top tanks with just enough stems to perfect elegant tannins. The soft ruby color is deceptive, there is grip and amplitude to these wines that grabs our attention. CCOF certified organic.