The Valley runs west to east permitting the late afternoon ocean fog to roll into the Santa Rita Hills, where it lingers until early morning. The surrounding hills trap the fog before it is dissipated in the wider Santa Ynez Valley.
In the summer the fog moderates the normally warm days of the valley, cooling the grapes at night. Warm days and cool nights are essential to the developement of a balanced acid/sugar ratio. In the winter when frost is our biggest concern, a layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection.
We have a small block of Grenache, 2.25 acres. We planted it several years ago as a test, at the time only 1 acre, but we were so pleased with the results that we extended it to its present size.
We plan on adding several more acres. Grenache in this cool zone produces a wine that is different from the warmer areas – fruitier and spicier with a hint of white pepper – more nuanced.
Winemaker’s comment: Now eight years old this block is showing increasing depth and richness. Aromatic red fruit and spice accentuated by the cool climate of Santa Rita Hills.
The general consensus is that we need to plant more. We have obtained cuttings, for two additional acres, which will be grafted to root stock by a nursery this winter and planted in the spring of 2014.
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