CAMP 4 VINEYARD
2012 GRENACHE BLANC, SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
The third installment of my Grenache Blanc blends the highlights of its predecessors. The 2012 version has the bright focus and zest of the 2011; at the same time, it retains the vibrancy and exuberance of the 2010. In 2012, I sourced an extra ton of fruit and, thankfully, have more wine to share with you.
My vinification techniques were the same as in the past two years: no new oak, sur lee barrel fermentation, no malolactic fermentation, and no lees stirring. I find these specifications highlight the brightness and minerality of the Camp 4 Grenache Blanc. Furthermore, I feel these techniques help maintain the balance between fragrant aromatics and fresh acidity.
The 2012 Camp 4 Grenache Blanc was picked on the 20th of October at 23.8 brix. It was aged in neutral oak for three and one-half months and bottled after light filtration. 275 cases produced.
A luminous, pale-straw color focuses this bright wine. The aromatics pop with striking white flower, peach, lemon zest, and seashell notes. Fresh and zippy acidity harness a mélange of anise, beeswax, and pithy stone fruits. The purity of fruit and bright acidity lingers over a tapestry of wet stone.
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