Brooding with deep red fruits, blackberry, pie cherry, mineral and clove rooted by earthen tones of forest floor, dried rose, cigarbox and gunmetal structured with a core of cherry kirsch, lavender, deep plum, black currant and wild foraged berries gliding into a layered and focused finish.
An intimate organic vineyard on the periphery of Boyes Hot Springs, above the Sonoma Valley, Mathis Vineyards has quickly become a coveted Grenache Noir in our portfolio. Located in one of the warmest climatic regions of Sonoma Valley. The combination of the another long, moderate growing season in 2015, the climate and exceptional low vigor volcanic soils, enabled us to achieve full phenolic ripeness while retaining natural acidity and balanced tannins. I am lucky enough to score a few tons off of this amazing little vineyard that Peter Mathis planted and tends a few years ago and he has happily obliged me ever since. Seven acres on a rocky hillside above the Sonoma Mission Inn, Peter Mathis selected this amazing site with one thing in mind, Grenache, and he planted some of the best clones available. I am honored to produce wines from this gem of a vineyard. We destem this wine and ferment with indigenous yeast after which we allow the wine to sit on it’s skins an additional 4 weeks before being pressed directly into once used french oak 300L puncheons.
Mounts Family Vineyard
Muscular layers of black cherry liquer, wild strawberry, graphite, saddle leather and pink peppercorn with alluring scents of rose oil, fresh lavender, crushed rock focused with a dense and generous palate of pomegranate, blueberry and plum with fine tannins fanning into a lingering finish. Sourced from the west side of the Dry Creek valley, the Mounts Family who have been farming this plot of land for 70 years. We are always pleased to work with Richard and David Mounts as the meticulously farm these intense Rhone varietals. A combination of two French Entav clones of Grenache Noir: clone 513 and clone 362. Both clones originating from the Languedoc and Southern Rhone regions of France. And 100% whole cluster fermentation with indigenous yeast help us in creating a French-Rhone style wine from California fruit.
Our second showing of Grenache Blanc from an amazing Provincial site in the Dry Creek Valley. This wine provoking aromatics of fresh lemon and green apples, tropical melon, sea salt, blood orange and fall pears with a hint of grated nutmeg, fennel and dill seed. It then expands to a broad palate filled with apricots, lemon curd and brioche. Maintaining our signature synthesis of honeyed stonefruits polarized by lively acidity and piercing minerality gaining momentum of richness and depth on the finish.
From the same meticulously farmed vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley as our Grenache Noir. The grapes come from a low spot in the vineyard where an old creek use to flow. Leaving the soil stripped and rocky. In fact it’s mostly gravel and rocks. Whole cluster pressed, native primary fermentation with no malolactic fermentation, aged sur lie with batonnage in neutral French cooperage for one year.
“The 2016 Grenache Blanc Mounts Family Vineyards is scented of ripe pears, golden delicious apples and baker’s yeast with hints of fennel and dill seed. Light to medium-bodied with a pleasant savory character on the palate, it has just enough freshness and finishes with spicy accents.”
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The Grenache grapes for this wine were picked with the intention to make a Rosé and its expression showcases this. The true Grenache fruit comes through, with subdued hints of strawberries and cream, cranberries, fresh summer watermelon rind and orange peel. The delicate notes of rose petals and mineral are balanced by juicy berry, bright vivid acid and just a hint of tannin to create a wine that is perfect for summer days on the patio. This Rosé is made from 100% Grenache, harvest from Peter Mathis’s Vineyard in Sonoma Valley (He also makes an outstanding Rosé). The Mathis Vineyard is 7.5 acres of glorious south facing slopes with low vigor volcanic soils.
2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition Double Gold Award Winner
2018 North Coast Challenge Gold Medal Winner. 97 points
2018 Rosé Experience Gold Medal Winner
2018 Top 100 Wines Of Sonoma County. Sonoma Magazine
Our 4th vintage from the Dry Creek Valley vineyard owned and farmed by the Mounts family for the last 70 years. A combination of two French Entav clones: clone 513 and clone 362. Both clones originating from the Languedoc and Southern Rhone regions of France. These clones are ideal for creating a French-Rhone style wine from California fruit. Fremented 75% wholecluster and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Our best wine from this site yet!
Concentrated presence of fresh strawberries and foraged wild berries, bing cherries, pomegranate, cinnamon, coriander, dried rose petal, exuberant yet disciplined, with a core of red currants, heady black cherry and minerality closing with piercing finesse. Sourced from the Peter Mathis’s vineyard, high above the east side of the Sonoma Valley above the small town of Boyes Hot Springs. This is one of our favorite spots. Small berry clones plus very tight vine spacing gives this vineyard some of the best concentration of Grenache around. We are incredibly honored to receive fruit from this 7 acre gem and this wine won’t disappoint.
Our first vintage from this legend of a vineyard in the far northern reaches of Mendocino County. Just 12 miles from the Pacific at at 2400 feet in elevation, this is a cooler site. And it shows in the wine. Cranberry mixed with forest floor and bramble burst from the glass. Followed my hard cherry candy and ripe red raspberry. This is just a picture perfect showing of a cold climate Grenache Noir. Fermented 100% whole cluster and aged for two years in one used French oak barrels which give it just a touch of oak. And bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve freshness and laser like focus.