A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard Grenache 2015 Front Label
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A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard Grenache 2015

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750ML / 13.8% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Tea Rose, Fennel seed and Temple Incense.

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D 94
Angela Osborne is a Grenache obsessive, and this exceptionally pale example is fascinating. Intense crispy bacon aromas, light-bodied but silky on the palate; ends with a subtle bitter twist. Has a distinctly stemmy, white pepper edge from the 50% whole cluster, plus a long, herbal, smoky finish. Highly distinctive; if you like it, you’ll love it. A Grenache stylistically akin to Domaine des Tours from the Rayas stable.
W&S 92
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The Highlands Vineyard rises to 3,000 feet, a site with sunny days and cold nights that produced a brisk and intriguingly spicy grenache in 2015. Angela Osborne considered the stems ripe enough to include 78 percent whole clusters in a long, slow fermentation without added yeasts. She foot-treads the grapes twice a day, extracting a light color and a firm, tart strawberry flavor surrounded by rooty tannins. The tea-like notes suggest a match with roast duck, or sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
A very transparent shade of rusty red in the glass, this bottling shows how compelling Grenache can be in a lighter style. Aromas of red cherry, salt-and-pepper spice and tanned leather show on the nose. It's clean and savory on the palate, full of dried carnations, hibiscus, white pepper and a touch of dill. Editors’ Choice
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Giving a very pale, almost rose ruby-purple color, the 2015 Grenache Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard has a faint nose of red currants and spice box with pepper and dried herbs notions, plus a touch of underbrush. The medium-bodied palate delivers a lovely rounded texture and harmonious freshness to support the subtle red fruit and spice layers, finishing peppery.
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A Tribute to Grace

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A Tribute to Grace, California
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A Tribute To Grace Wine Company is dedicated to crafting authentic expressions of Grenache. All wines are single-vineyard sourced to maintain authenticity, and remain 100% Grenache.

Angela Osborne is a New Zealand born winemaker who moved to California in 2006 with the dream of making Grenache. In the land from which she stems, the climate is too cool to ripen this sun-loving beauty. And so began her search: northern Spain, southern France, southern Australia, California...

Abundant sunshine and entrepreneurial spirit led Angela to the latter, and in 2007 she sourced her first Grenache fruit from the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard. Nestled high above the Pacific Ocean and 33 miles inland, this high-desert vineyard provided the perfect balance of heat and light that was sought. Angela named her label after two of her favorite things: her Grandmother Grace and her most beloved attribute. Angela's winemaking intention is to capture this spirit, and stay as close to nature as humanly possible. The trio is completed by the grape itself, which to me encapsulates grace.

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With a dry and mild climate cooled significantly by moist ocean fog and breezes, Santa Barbara County is a grape-grower’s dream. Part of the larger Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara is home to Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley. The conditions here provide an opportunity for nearly effortless production of high-quality cool-climate Central Coast wines. This is also the site of the 2004 film Sideways, which caused Pinot Noir’s popularity to skyrocket and brought new acclaim to the region.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the stars of Santa Barbara, producing wines marked by racy acidity. Crisp Sauvignon Blanc and savory Syrah are also important. The region is home to many young and enthusiastic winemakers eager to experiment with less common varieties including Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Trousseau Gris, Gamay and Cabernet Franc, making it an exciting area to watch.

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Grenache thrives in any warm, Mediterranean climate where ample sunlight allows its clusters to achieve full phenolic ripeness. While Grenache's birthplace is Spain (there called Garnacha), today it is more recognized as the key player in the red blends of the Southern Rhône, namely Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and its villages. Somm Secret—The Italian island of Sardinia produces bold, rustic, single varietal Grenache (there called Cannonau). California, Washington and Australia have achieved found success with Grenache, both flying solo and in blends.

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