2014 Comartin "Tierra Alta Vineyard" Ballard Canyon Grenache SKU #1335511


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Winery notes: "100% Grenache from Tierra Alta Vineyard in Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County. Soils are made up of cllay with fragmented limestone. Whole-berry fermentation; matured for 25 months in French oak barrels. Just 65 cases made. Tierra Alta Vineyard, meaning 'The High Land,' is perched on top of Ballard Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley. Ballard Canyon, because of its distinct microclimate, soils and high quality wines, was recently approved as a new AVA (American Viticulture Area) in 2013. Positioned at the top of the canyon, the vineyard has great sun exposure and the elevation of 1,200ft allows for cool nights. The warm days and cool nights promote balanced ripening of the berries and clusters. The soils are primarily composed of clay and fragmented limestone, which give the wine soft tannins and added layers of minerality. Santa Ynez Valley runs East-West with no mountain range blocking the valley from the Pacific Ocean, which enables the cool air and fog to penetrate the vineyard during the long summer days common to Santa Barbara. This is important because it allows for more even ripening and produces balanced flavors."

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  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    Grenache is not often featured in the US, and even in France it is typically found in a blend, yet this grape can be one of the most elegant and expressive wines I've ever encountered. Our friends at Comartin have come out with just such a bottling of Grenache! This is a lighter bodied wine, with lovely red plum and violet notes. It has a Pinot-like quality with smooth, fine tannin and aromatically-driven red fruit. I'd be hard-pressed to find a wine that I'd rather open and drink on almost any occasion.


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