2020 A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard Grenache Santa Barbara County, USA
The Santa Barbara County Grenache was inspired by Fonsalette from Chateau Rayas. The wine represents two very different microclimates. The first vineyard is the Highlands with 3200 feet elevation. The second vineyard is Curtis which is tucked away in Foxen Canyon. The fruit was destemmed and each lot was fermented separately and aged for 16 months in neutral French oak. The resulting wine is elegantly structured and focused, and is an excellent introduction to Angela’s style.
Notes of rock rose, clove and Gypsy guitar.
Rated 90 Points Jeb Dunnuck
Pinot Noir-like aromas and flavors of ripe strawberries, cherries, herbes de Provence, and flowers emerge from the 2020 Grenache Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard, a medium-bodied, elegant, beautifully seamless Grenache. As with most of Angela’s Grenaches, it’s all varietal (from vines planted in 2000), and this release saw 46% whole clusters and spent 11 months in 36% once used oak, with the balance in tank, I believe.