Our beloved Grenache celebrates an exceptional vintage with this particular release. The grapes for this wine are sourced from our acclaimed Butler Ranch, which was once a cherry tree farm. Fittingly, this wine has hints of ripe black cherries, with intriguing notes of sage, rosemary and cracked black pepper. Beautifully integrated tannins and a long, lingering finish make the Grenache a triumph of Biodynamic® viticulture. This wine was harvested by hand in early September and fermented in stainless steel tanks.
At Bonterra, we grow wine organically and sustainably, treating the land with deep respect. We plant native flowers around our grapes to attract beneficial bugs, and welcome songbirds and chickens into our vineyards to eat up pests. We even employ sheep to mow between the vines. In our vineyards, every living thing is connected and we all work together to create pure, flavorful wine.
Bonterra vineyards have been farmed organically since 1987, long before organic products were widely available in America. The inspiration for farming this way was simple: organic grapes produce the purest expressions of the varietals and land on which they are farmed. At Bonterra, we have a deep respect for the environment. Organic farming and regenerative practices enrich the biodiversity in our vineyards year after year.
Being self-contained and self-sustaining can be better understood by thinking of how farms functioned centuries ago. A family farm would often exist in isolation, requiring people, animals, and plants to sustain one another. These systems function together to create a single living organism: the farm as a whole. We farm our Biodynamic ranches striving to achieve this ideal with as few external inputs as possible. Biodynamic farming is a holistic view of agriculture with high awareness of the interconnectivity between earth, plants, animals, humans, the moon and planets.
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We had this as our 2nd Labrat bottle for the “recent” SoCal gathering in Temecula. Hopefully, the others have their notes from it. Mine are at home (stayed the night after babysitting my granddaughter). So I might be able to post something later tonight/tomorrow.
@winecaseaholic not the winery, but why might you think that this won’t stand the test of time? Grenaches can be very long lasting - and I find as they age, they can get much more interesting and complex - but heck, what do I know?!?
Pop and pour, tart, medium long finish, lots of red fruit and pepper. I found it a little too tart, it seemd like the wine was just really tight, so I corked it up and let it rest for about an hour. Next taste had softened significantly, but LOTS of alcohol, which i guess you expect at 15.5.
Corked up, left it overnight.
A much better drinking wine today, paired with some pasta (pairing choices somewhat limited. Ratting in the time of Cholera and all). Still getting a lot of red fruit and pepper, but it’s really softened up, and the alcohol had really dissipated. Retained the solid finish.
I think at this price point, it carries good value. If I had space I’d buy a few as every day table wines. Would probably benefit form a little decanting.