2016 Austin Hope Grenache
The Austin Hope Grenache was grown on the Hope Family Vineyard in the Templeton Gap district of Paso Robles. Six Grenache clones were used in the 2016 blend: Garnacha Clone 814 (Spain), Alban (Rayas CDP France), Tinta Clone 01 (Spain), Clone 362 (France), Tablas Creek Vineyard Selection (Beaucastel CDP France via Paso Robles), and Clone 513 (France). The grapes were hand picked and fermented separately by vineyard block. The wines were held on their skins for an additional 30 to 60 days before barreled down into 54% new and 46% used French Oak barrels where they aged for 31 months.
Deep ruby in color, the Austin Hope Grenache has classic aromas of cherry, hints of anise and fresh rose petals. On the palate, rich flavors of leather and smoke are balanced by luscious dried cherries and blueberries. As the flavors evolve on your palate you are left with juicy acidity, a touch of fresh berry juice and refined tannins that linger.