With a beautiful vibrant ruby color this wine is both elegant and powerful. Aromas of dried cherries, rose petals and sweet strawberry build in character on the palate by blending with herbaceous notes of anise, cardamom and white pepper. This Grenache finishes with lingering flavors of juicy red fruit leather and a touch of smoke that is brightened with a splash of acidity and balanced firm tannins.
The 2017 Austin Hope Grenache was grown on the Hope Family Vineyard, located just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Templeton Gap district of Paso Robles. The site’s rocky soils of clay and limestone make it ideal for the Rhône varieties to which it is planted – Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Roussanne. 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.
Five Grenache clones were used in the 2016 blend: Tablas Creek Vineyard Selection (Beaucastel CDP France via Paso Robles), Alban (Rayas CDP, France), Clone 362 (France), Clone 513 (France), and Tinta Clone 01 (Spain). The grapes were hand-picked and fermented separately by vineyard block in five-ton, open-top tanks. After daily pump-overs (for color and tannin extraction) for 10 days, the tanks were tasted and analyzed for their tannin and structure to determine the length of extended maceration. The wines were held on their skins for an additional 30 to 60 days before they were barreled down into 81% new and 19% once used French oak barrels where they aged for 21 months. The Grenache was racked once during aging and a second time to create the final blend just prior to bottling in August of 2019.