The 2014 Austin Hope Grenache was grown on the Hope Family Vineyard, located just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Templeton Gap sub AVA of Paso Robles. The site's rocky soils of clay and limestone make it ideal for Rhone varieties. Our Grenache blocks are planted in high-density, 5' X 5' spacing and the vines are carefully managed to keep cluster counts low, resulting in fruit with great intensity and rich berry flavors.
Four Grenache clones were used in the 2014 blend: Tablas Creek Vine Selection #2, Clone 362, Clone 315 and Garnacha Clone 814 (Spain). This wines of 2014 were held on their skins for an additional 30 to 60 days before they were racked into mostly new French Oak barrels for approximately 24 months.
Deep ruby colored, the 2014 Austin Hope Grenache has an aromatic intensity marked by dried red and black cherry, strawberries and rhubarb, while dusty saddle leather, dried rose petals, savory herbs, cardamon and sweet vanilla add to its complexity. On the palate, bright, juicy red fruits along with big, gripping tannins show just how elegant and powerful Grenache can be, while being perfectly balanced by the acidity.