Dark Horse Vineyard
Dark Horse Vineyard
Best of Class-2015 North Coast Wine Competition
Grenache is a red grape that originated in Northern Spain. Today, it is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world, with important production in Spain, Australia, California and Southern Rhone region of France. Our Grenache comes from Dark Horse Ranch, a 160-acre Biodynamic certified ranch and vineyard owned and managed by Heath and Jason Dolan. Located 8 miles north of the town of Hopland along the banks of the upper Russian River and sitting at 750 feet of altitude, this site provides outstanding conditions for growing this late ripening, sun thirsty varietal.
The 2013 harvest season followed the same patten of excellent quality as the 2012 vintage. Winter brought with itself a vast amount of rain, followed by one of the driest springs and summers in a long time. Harvest commenced about two weeks earlier than average allowing for all grapes to be picked before the arrival of the rain. In summary, the 2013 was another amazing vintage, providing all elements to make outstanding wines with mature tannins and flavors and aromas that truly show a sense of place.
Red fruit aroma such as strawberry, cranberry and raspberry dominate the nose with a layer of white pepper in the background. This wine exhibits great mid-palate with a soft tannin structure that finishes with a balanced level of acidity and spiciness.
Appellation: Mendocino County
Sub AVA: Mendocino
Certifications: Demeter Biodynamic
Year planted: 2003
Elevation: 750 feet
Exposure: West facing slope
Soil type: Gravelly loam
Yield: 4.5 tons/acre
Harvest date: September 12, 2012
Brix: 27.1 Brix
Fermentation: De-stemmed and crushed to a stainless steel tank and cold soaked for 5 days at 50F to extract color and desirable phenolic compounds. Native yeast fermented to dryness at 85F. Only free-run fraction transferred to barrel where it underwent native malolactic fermentation carried out in barrel.
Aging: Aged in neutral French oak for sixteen months.
TA: 5.4 g/L
Cases produced: 170