2014 Hobo Grenache, Alexander Valley, Sceales Vineyard

The Sceales Vineyard is 4 acres of dry-farmed Grenache vines that are approaching 100 years old. I met Ralph Sceales when his daughter was my daughter’s preschool teacher. Fate, good luck, serendipity...? I don’t know, but I do know that at least on this occasion, I knew a good thing when I saw it.

2014 was another good year all around, but the Sceales Vineyard over delivered for the vintage. Like 13, it is concentrated with bright fruit flavors, complex tannins, and more Grenache straight forwardness, but it is also denser and has the makings of a wine that will age very well. Down from 13, we harvested under 4 tons from our rows. We fermented with native yeasts and 100% whole clusters. We foot tread the fermentors and pressed lightly at dryness limiting our yield to avoid too much stemminess or unwanted stem tannin. The wine aged in a French oak foudre for about 17 months and was bottled unfined and unfiltered in December of 2015. 150 cases produced. KL

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