Songs of its Own
55% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah, 3% Counoise
Production Notes: Songs of its Own is our Grenache based cuvee from Glenrose Vineyard. The base is always Grenache and Mourvedre and the blend may include small percentages of Syrah 99, Shiraz 7, Grenache Blanc, Counoise and Cinsault from year to year. The idea behind this wine is to create a snapshot of the entire property as each varietal has a Song of its Own and brings something special to the wine.
The Grenache, Syrah 99 and Counoise were cofermented with 50% whole cluster. The Mourvedre and Shiraz 7 were blended in three months later and the final blend spent 12 months in neutral oak. This wine shows the classic kirsch, Provencal herbs, and roast meats expected from great Grenache based wines.
The Other One
Production Notes: The Other One is a barrel selection of the most site specific and mineral driven barrels of Glenrose Mourvedre in our cellar. Since we began making this wine in 2010 I have increased the whole cluster percentage every year and have loved how this wine has continued to show more of a ‘sense of place’ with every vintage. In 2013, the stems were so fragrant and spicy I destemmed none of the Mourvedre, the fruit was too perfect to put through a machine. I can say without a doubt this is the best version of this wine I have made to date.
The Mourvedre from the upper and lower terraces was picked within three days of each other during the first week of October. 100% whole cluster and aged in 85% neutral oak and 15% new French oak, The Other One has plenty of black cherry fruit with notes of sagebrush, roasted meats, and mouthwatering minerality.
Comes a Time
Alta Colina Vineyard
Production Notes: After a year off, Comes a Time is back, and is our first wine exclusively from Alta Colina Vineyard. The Mourvedre at Alta Colina is clone 369, which produces fruit with deep color and darker fruit flavors. After a two year transition to dry farming, the 2013 vintage was the first completely dry farmed vintage for Alta Colina. As a result this Mourvedre has transitioned from elegant and savory to a more brooding, structured and feral wine.
The Mourvedre from Alta Colina was picked on September 30th, completely destemmed and aged in 80% neutral oak and 20% new French oak. The chewy texture, and flavors of iron, game, and roasted herbs is reminiscent of the great Mourvedres from Bandol. This is the richest and most structured Paix Sur Terre wine to date.
Either Side of the Hill
70% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre
Production Notes: Either Side of the Hill comes from 19-year-old vines of Shiraz clone 7, which was the first planting at Glenrose Vineyard in 1994. The owner, Don Rose, is particularly fond of this block and we were elated when he put three of the eight rows under our control in 2011. This Syrah is always one of the first red fruit picks in West Paso and as a result always has lots of acidity and freshness.
The Syrah was picked on August 20th, completely destemmed and aged in 75% neutral oak and 25% new French oak. A barrel of Mourvedre was blended in 3 months later for earthiness and structure and aged as a final blend for 12 months. Flavors of blueberries and black raspberries with hints of smoked meats make for classic West Paso Syrah.
Kiler Grove Vineyard
Production Notes: The 2013 Ugni Blanc is the first varietal Ugni Blanc ever released in the Paso Robles AVA. This is the only acre planted on the West Side of Paso at the sensational site of Kiler Grove Vineyard. The Ugni Blanc is planted on pure calcareous shale at the highest elevation on the site. The fruit was picked at 21.4 brix and whole cluster pressed into stainless Muellers and neutral oak barrels. All barrel fermented, it was aged in 60% stainless and 40% neutral oak for 3 months.
Tasting Notes: This wine evokes everything you smell and taste in crisp Mediterranean whites; loads of fresh citrus, fennel seed, sea foam and chive. The pallet echoes the citrus notes with hints of lime and lemon pith with secondary notes of fleur de sel and crushed rock. Drink summer 2014.