CAMP 4 VINEYARD
2013 GRENACHE BLANC, SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
Each year the Grenache Blanc gets better. Maybe I understand the variety better after four vintages. Perhaps I’ve become more familiar with the vineyard. Or maybe my winemaking skills have become sharper. Most likely, the answer includes all three. Grenache Blanc is a finicky white grape. The clusters are huge and it can be awkwardly tannic if squeezed too hard in the press. Grenache Blanc also needs a good bit of heat to ripen evenly – remember, it is native to the warm, rocky flats of southern France. Finally, the fermentations can be reductive and the juice is often orange for quite some time. Even with all of these obstacles, the resulting wines are stunningly balanced and nuanced. At the early stages, the Grenache Blanc shows plenty of bright and pleasing fruit. As it ages, it becomes more petrol, honeyed, and waxy. After a few years, the fruit re-emerges. The 2013 Camp 4 Grenache Blanc was picked on the 3rd of October. Similar to years past, the lees were never stirred and malolactic fermentation was blocked. It was aged in one hundred percent neutral oak for three and one half months and bottled after light filtration. 275 cases produced.
A light straw color frames this effusive wine. The aromatics present an intriguing blend of honeysuckle, guava, lemon zest, and wet stone. Bright and fresh acidity harness a combination of papaya, beeswax, and kaffir lime. Accents of honey, peach, and stone fruits linger at the zesty finish.