2013 Sonoma Valley "Rossi Ranch" Grenache
This wine is one of several surprises in 2013. Normally we use the Grenache from Rossi Ranch as a base for our Chateauneuf-du-Pape-inspired “Three Birds”, a traditional blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah. But when it came time to do blending trials, despite the Grenache being better than ever (un-freakin’-believable!) no matter what we tried, we could not improve upon the Grenache by itself. Eventually we got the message. This Grenache didn’t want to play with others; it wanted to be bottled on its own! As a result, Carlisle’s first Grenache. (Truth be told, it was cofermented with a small amount of whole cluster Mourvèdre so it’s not quite 100% Grenache.) No new oak. Unfined and unfiltered.
Wow! What a wine! Medium to medium-dark ruby. Soaring aromatics of sandalwood, kirsch, and cured ham. On the palate, full-bodied but totally seamless with perfect balance. Explosive flavors of kirsch and Asian five-spice linger through the long and gently tannic finish. Not only one of the most complex, delicious Grenaches from California to ever pass over my lips, but perhaps one of the greatest wines we have ever produced. Drink from mid-2015 through 2022. (MRO – 01/21/15)