You thought I was referring to that other one-percent? No, it's Alicante Bouschet! I grow this variety in small quantity...
I’m Peter Mathis. I’ve been making wine at Ravenswood for more than 20 years. Mathis Vineyard, in the hills above Sonoma Valley, is my “old school” project. Here I cleared the land more than a decade ago and planted mostly Grenache, with some Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet.
I own it. I farm it. I make the wine.
Grenache is my passion. Ten years after first introducing my “baby” I added my inaugural Rosé de Grenache in 2012. It’s a great sipper! The 2013 Rosé de Grenache was released in May. And it just won a GOLD medal at the 2014 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition.
Grenache grapes have their own unique demands throughout the growing season that I try to meet in my farming. At harvest, I handpick clusters at perfect ripeness so that I can produce the finest Grenache wine.
Here's a quick look the pickers moving at top speed to bring in the 2014 harvest a couple of weeks ago: