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A Tribute to Grace

A Tribute to Grace Rose of Grenache, Santa Barbara Highlands 2023 (750 ml)

A Tribute to Grace Rose of Grenache, Santa Barbara Highlands 2023 (750 ml)

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Winemaker Angela Osborne connects deeply with this single vineyard old-vine Grenache grown at 3200 ft. and uses biodynamic principles to convert the energy of the land into this graceful rosé. Angela foot treads the whole-cluster fruit before fermentation and to extract color for this Rosé, packed with delicate floral and stone fruit flavors with bright acidity and an herbal, anise-tinged finish.

VINEYARD: Santa Barbara Highlands

VARIETAL: 100% Grenache, Clone 2; Noir; Tablas A

FARMING: SIP certified, glyphosate-free.

ALCOHOL: 12.9% abv

FINISHING pH: 3.29

RELEASE DATE: March 7th, 2023 AVA: Santa Barbara County

HARVEST DATE: Sep. 6th (clone Noir/2: moon in Sagittarius) & Sep 8th 2022 (Mesa block: moon in Capricorn)

ÉLEVAGE: 11 weeks in stainless (Aroha)

BOTTLING DATE: February 16, 2023 (moon in Sagittarius)

TOTAL PRODUCTION: 1560 cases

Our eleventh vintage of the wine that defines the joy of Spring! In 2022 we further increased our selection from our beloved 'Mesa' block (our single-vineyard source), which brings a lifted ethereal dimension to the aromatics, and my tasting notes indeed include skyward jonquil. The Mesa clusters were foot-tread by two favourite Jen(n)s and I - and left on skins for just 24 hours to impart their gorgeous tonality and texture, before being pressed with their clone Noir/2 sisters. A long, slow, cool fermentation ensued. The finished wine aged sur lie in stainless before being bottled under a Sagittarius moon on February 16, 2023: my dear Nana Grace's 101st birthday.

Tasting notes: Anise, jonquil, strawberry rhubarb and kowhai.

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

Abundant sunshine and entrepreneurial spirit led me to the latter, and in 2007 I sourced my 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 I sought.

I chose to name my label after two of my favourite things: my Grandmother Grace, and my most beloved attribute. My 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.

To grace and Grace,

Angela Osborne

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