Storm Wines Grande Marque Rouge 2012
Having worked with Rhone Varietals from all corners of Santa Ynez Valley, winemaker Ernst is drawn to the cooler sites where ripeness is reached at a lower Brix (Sugar Content). This wine was born out of a desire to make a Red Blend from Rhone Varietals that is balanced, food friendly and uncomplicated. Think of an oak fire, good friends, family, music and laughter!
Blend: 43% Mourvedre, 29% Grenache, 14% Cinsault, 14% Syrah
Rooted in the hills of Santa Barbara County, Storm Wines emphasizes old world influences and new world techniques. The Mediterranean climate, diverse soils, and exciting new opportunities in this budding Central Coast wine region have combined to drive Ernst’s passion for producing his wine. You're invited to experience the unique personality of both vintage and site in Storm Wines.
Ranging from cool and foggy in the west to warm and dry in the east, the Santa Ynez Valley is a climatically diverse growing area. The most expansive AVA within the larger Santa Barbara County region, Santa Ynez is also home to a wide variety of soil types and geographical features. The appellation is further divided into four distinct sub-AVAs—Sta. Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Los Olivos District and Happy Canyon—each with its own defining characteristics.
A wide selection of grapes is planted here—more than sixty different varieties, and counting. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dominate in the chilly west, while Zinfandel, Rhône blends, and Bordeaux blends rule the arid east. Syrah is successful at both ends of the valley, with a lean and peppery, Old-World sensibility closer to the coast and lush berry fruit further inland.