ALDER RIDGE VINEYARD | 2016
DESCRIPTION Grenache is an elusive beast, at its finest in moderately warm climates, and when protected from intense direct sun. Of the two blocks we source from, we use only Block 30B at Alder Ridge Vineyard in this bottling. Set on a bench 200 ft. above the mighty Columbia River, this block of Grenache is planted in sand laden soils and ensconced in an amphitheater of exposed Basalt bluffs. The radiant heat in this area is incredible, though it is tempered by the river itself. The amount of water moved through the Columbia River Gorge is incomprehensible and all that water acts to moderate the surrounding air temperature. This, in tandem with steady air flow through the gorge, works to protect the vines from heat and cold.
At first glance, this wine shows itself as a dense and saturated example of the grape - which naturally has a ton of range. Just as quick, its true sensibilities - a core of fruit, vibrant in flavor and acidity - come out. This extremely small production from 2016 is chalked full of ripe fruit, quince, and scorched earth.
100% Nuetral French Bbls
5.83 g/L TA
174 Cases Produced
Alder Ridge Vineyard 3.1 Tons Harvested