This was my second vintage from the Shake Ridge Ranch, and only the second ‘leaf’ from the block itself (planted in 2009). The vineyard sits atop the wonderful town of Sutter Creek, amidst an ocean of quartz. This immaculate parcel is planted in my most beloved clone of Grenache, 362 ~ cited to originate in the Languedoc-Roussillon.
The 2012 vintage carried an intensity of flavours from the outset. The clusters themselves were far smaller than the year prior (2011 suffered some shatter, thus allowing for a far higher stem- to-berry ratio). The colour of the berries were deeper, the rose petal notes became rose attar, and the resulting wine a far more serious woman.
Fermentation was native, with a 50% whole-cluster inclusion. I foot-tread the clusters twice daily throughout fermentation, alongside the Burning Heart of Passion. At dryness, I gently pressed to barrel and allowed the secondary fermentation to occur spontaneously. The wine was racked once, under the first new moon of 2014. After 18 months in a combination of mostly neutral French Oak (one once-used Marsannay barrel amidst five three year olds), she was bottled on March 3rd, 2014.
Harvest Date: September 12th, 2012
Total Production: 127 cases
Alcohol: 14.7% abv