Norman Joseph McLeod was a founder of the Hub Saloon—the site where caricature artist and roamer, Vasco Urbano Lorriero set up shop during his stay in the Livermore Valley. Norm’s goal was to offer his guests only the finest cigars, liquor and wine. The Marina Ranch produces Grenache with depth and structure—wines that would find their place on Norm’s top shelf.
The 2013 Grenache from Marina Ranch shows off its vintage well with good drive through out. The aromatics waft of farmstead strawberry and boysenberry preserves, rose petal, clove, allspice and black tea. The flavors follow suit with richness and integrity; strawberry, cranberry, black tea and cherry cola. The wine is balanced with a firm tannic structure and vibrant acidity. Very pleased with yet another amazing vintage of Grenache from Marina Ranch.
Deep in the heart of the Livermore Valley sits a northwest facing hillside just north east of Lake Del Valle. Dramatic slopes take the elevation at the bottom of the hill from 200 ft above sea level to nearly 1000 ft at the top. The rich gravelly loam and steep hillside make for the perfect place to grow Grenache with integrity. The Tablas Creek Clone Grenache was planted at this site to take advantage of these amazing growing conditions. The resulting fruit is rich, dense and full of flavor.
The Grenache was hand-picked in the early morning of September 19th and was delivered to the winery for processing. Cluster and berry sorting without crushing the fruit gave us only the finest berries destemmed into open top bins and tanks. The fruit in the bins started its ferment naturally and various yeasts were pitched into bins about 1/3 of the way through sugar depletion. The majority in tank was inoculated with ICV GRE and fermented at up to 85 degrees. The lots were pressed together and barreled down into roughly 40% neutral barriques, 40% neutral puncheons, and 20% new puncheons where the wine underwent malolactic conversion and was cellared for 15 months. The wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined on February 23, 2015.
Varietal Composition100% Grenache
95 Points | Double Gold Medal | Best Grenache
San Francisco International Wine Competition – 2015
2016 SF Chronicle Wine Competition