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2006 Lee Family Farm Grenache

The best 2 barrels of Grenache in the winery were chosen for a separate bottling.

The Vineyards and the Grape
Lee Family Farm Grenache is from the Alta Loma Vineyard in the Monterey appellation.

The Vintage
2006 was a long and cool vintage. The wines retained much of their natural acidity and show an outgoing, charming fruitiness.

Vinification & Aging
Grapes are hand-sorted in the vineyards and at the winery and are completely de-stemmed. Small, open top fermenters with manual punch downs are utilized for optimum extraction while maintaining an elegant structure.

The primary fermentation finishes in 10-12 days. The wine is transferred to 1 year old Burgundy barrels for malo-lactic fermentation and 10 months of aging. The wine was bottled, unfined, in August 2006.

Aromas, Flavors, and Palate Impressions
Medium-purple/black color, the wine shows a perfume of blueberry jam, violets, pomegranate and mint with a hint of spice and pepper. The wine is medium in body and has a soft mid-palate, with supporting acidity and integrated tannins.

Vintage:

2006

Varietal:

Grenache

Winemaker:

Giani Abate

Appellation:

Monterey

Vineyards:

Arroyo Seco Vineyard Sources

Barrel Aging:

10 months

Cooperage:

French Oak 30% new

Residual Sugar:

6.1 g/L

Alcohol:

14.2%