CAMP 4 VINEYARD
2010 GRENACHE BLANC, SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
What a beginning! I cannot express how lucky I feel to have finally secured Grenache Blanc from the Camp 4 Vineyard. During a visit to the Santa Ynez Valley in 2007, I tasted some ethereal Grenache Blancs from Camp 4 and I knew then I needed to find a way to source some grapes from this amazing spot. I had to wait a few years, but finally, with assistance from the gracious and talented Blair Fox, I was able to acquire just shy of three tons in 2010.
To be honest, I did not know what to expect when the Grenache Blanc arrived at the winery. My only experience with the varietal had been some fleeting instances in the Roussillon during my time at Pierre Galliard’s southern domaine. Other than being a fan of drinking Grenache Blanc-based wines, I was shooting in the dark. Fortunately, I received some coaching from Blair and his colleague Larry Schaffer and forged ahead.
Upon the grapes’ arrival, I gently pressed them and settled the juice overnight. The next morning I racked the juice off its heavy lees and transferred it into five-year-old barrels. The juice was then fermented sur-lee at fifty-three degrees fahrenheit. Once the barrels finished primary fermentation, I waited a few more weeks before I sulfured the wine to block malolactic fermentation. Aged for five months, without lees stirring or new oak, the 2010 Camp 4 Grenache Blanc was bottled after light filtration.
Exotic aromatics highlight the pale straw-colored wine. Mandarin, peach, pineapple, Meyer lemon, and honeysuckle flow freely. Tropical accents continue to intermingle with tangerine, beeswax, melon, and seashells. The focused and expansive mouthfeel exudes clean and focused acidity. There is a distinctive mineral finish and lingering hints of papaya and orange peel.