CURTIS-HERITAGE SERIES GRANACHE SANTA BARBARA 2010
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We aim to produce a Grenache that stands out as bright and juicy, but also with ample complexity. The 2010 Grenache opens with vibrant aromas of cherry, raspberry, strawberry, cola and spicy vanilla. The texture is smooth and rounded, offering mouthfilling flavors of plum and cherry with a suggestion of coffee. Notes of strawberry and spice return on a juicy, balanced finish.
Curtis Estate
Our small estate vineyard unfolds along a high mesa in Santa Barbara County''s Santa Ynez Valley. Here, we are blessed with conditions that foster the style of wine we believe in'specifically rich flavors with balance, structure and a true sense of place. Our marine-moderated climate is warmer than the valleys to the north and west but cooler than areas to the east, resulting in a climatic sweet spot that brings concentrated flavors and bright acidity to our Rhone varietals. The vineyard''s sandy loam and limestone soils further encourage harmonious ripening and flavor development. The Grenache grape thrives amid these conditions, achieving fine natural balance with considerable complexity.


Winemaking

Relatively cool conditions early in the 2010 growing season made for ample hang time, with our Grenache blocks being hand picked at peak ripeness over a two-week period stretching into late October. The lots were cold soaked for five days prior to fermentation to extract color and flavor while retaining the varietal''s pure fruit profile. After fermentation in open-top tanks with daily punchdowns and pumpovers, the skins were gently pressed in a traditional basket press, further ensuring that the bright fruit character remained at the forefront. The wine was then aged for 15 months in French oak barrels. An eight-percent contribution of Syrah from the Curtis Estate was incorporated into the final blend for added palate weight and dimension.

Bottle Size: .750

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