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2011 Sonoma Valley Grenache by the bottle

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The 2011 wine has great concentration and freshness, really singing with blackberries and plums over the top of the usual Mathis Grenache suspects of framboise, black cherries and hints of strawberry jam.  The supple tannins and subtle brightness of acidity make a lovely mouth impression.  Add a snippet of fresh thyme, a sprig of mint and a turn or two on the black pepper grinder and there you have it; definitely one of the very best to come off of the Mathis Vineyard.

PRODUCTION NOTES

Mathis Grenache, Sonoma Valley, bottle and glass

VINTAGE: 2011 
APPELLATION: Sonoma Valley
VARIETAL(S):
  83% Grenache
  7% Petite Sirah
  7% Carignane
  3% Alicante Bouschet
VINEYARD: Mathis Vineyard
HARVEST: October 21 - 31, 2011
AGING: 24 months in neutral French oak barrels
ALCOHOL: 14.5%
CASES: 541 
pH: 3.58
TA: 5.6 g/L
CELLARING: Ready to drink now. Will hold nicely through 2023.

HARVEST NOTES

A beautifully cool summer allowed for luxuriously slow ripening leading up to Harvest.  Late season rains were threatening, and many other vineyards had rot problems, but the Mathis Vineyard with its southern exposure, hillside breezes and loose, open vine canopy allowed the fruit to hold up until clear and balmy weather closed the deal in late October.  Yields were on the historical low side at 2.7 tons per acre with exceptional quality.

VINEYARD DESCRIPTION

Mathis Vineyard - Early Morning, Grenache, Sonoma ValleyMathis Vineyard covers a 7.5 acre plot, situated in the hills above the town of Sonoma, on a warm, south-facing slope. The soils are volcanic in origin, low vigor, with underlying rhyolitic rock. The nearby San Francisco Bay, visible from the vineyard, provides a cooling influence and allows for extended hang time at harvest. The 2011 vintage yielded 2.7 tons per acre.

HARVEST

Small, open top fermenters (1.5 ton capacity). Only native yeasts are used (100%). Two to three punchdowns per day. Fermentations averaged 9.5 days in 2011.