2014 Grenache - Larner Vineyard, Santa Barbara County

2014 Grenache - Larner Vineyard, Santa Barbara County
2014 Grenache - Larner Vineyard, Santa Barbara County

 - 93 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous 

"SAMsARA's 2014 Grenache Larner Vineyard is bright, focused and pulsating with energy.  Early picking and the inclusion of 100% stems seems to bring out an especially translucent, focused expression of this Ballard Canyon site.  The long, saline finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal."

Production notes
  • Hand-harvested grapes from the same six rows on sandy soil in Larner Vineyard.
  • 100% whole cluster fermentation in small lots (2 tons)
  • Like always, we relied on the native yeast that the grapes carried from the vineyards to complete the fermentation
  • We hand punched each fermentor twice a day to enhance the extraction of colors, tannins and flavors
  • After primary fermentation was complete we extended maceration for up to 30-35 days to further extract color, tannins and flavor
  • Pressed with ultra-gentle stainless steel basket press in an 8-hour cycle
  • Aged in neutral oak for 22 months prior to bottling, no fining or filtering with two rackings before bottling.and then another year in bottle prior to releasing.
  • Clone 362
Varietal100% Grenache
AppellationSanta Barbara County
VineyardLarner Vineyard
Sugar25.0
Acid0.63
PH3.6
Aging34 months
FermentationNative Yeast
Alcohol15.10%
Wine Styleneutral oak; 100% Whole Cluster : unfined &
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced143

93 points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

90 points - Jeb Dunnuck

93+ points - The Wine Advocate

93 points - The Wine Enthusiast

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