High-toned aromas of cranberry and red cherry establish a classic grenache nose embellished by faint strokes of cardamom, dried flowers and pipe tobacco. This medium-to-light bodied wine has a plush mouthfeel and slightly granular texture on the palate in conjunction with fresh acidity and a thin layer of dusty tannins. The flavors reveal cranberry, black cherry, pomegranate, leather and toasted oak at the core with more red fruit, vanilla and baking spice on the finish. Age two to four years.
The Paso Robles AVA lies 25 miles inland from the coast with mild conditions in winter, spring and fall. Summers are mostly hot and dry, but a break in the coastal range allows a marine layer to move inland in the late afternoon, lowering temperatures and providing the cool evenings and nights that promote well-balanced grape acidity.
Sosnov Vineyard lies on Paso’s eastern plateau in well-drained sandy clay-loam soils. Three acres of vines were planted on their own roots in 1998 and have always been dry farmed the old fashioned way.
Grenache is believed to be a native of northern Spain, but its wines have achieved the most recognition in the southern Rhone, and in particular, the region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape where it accounts for as much as 80% of the red blends. Grenache vines produce the most well-balanced wines under warm, dry conditions, and consequently, they perform extremely well on the east side of Paso where the climate mimics the arid southern Rhone.