ZUIDEMA GRENACHEMcGah Vineyard
Rutherford, Napa Valley
99 cases produced
15.1% alc by vol
TA 6.0 g/L
This 100% Grenache was cold soaked for 5 days to extract as much color and flavor without the presence of heat or alcohol. Native yeast kicked off the fermentation and completed most of it. The skins were removed prior to dryness to avoid some of the rougher, bitter seed tannins that can show themselves late in the process. A more predictable strain of yeast was introduced to see the reaction to dryness and insure a clean fresh wine.
The McGah Vineyard is located in the heart of the Napa Valley on the eastern side of Rutherford. The famous soils of Rutherford are rich in nutrient, rocky for great drainage, and part of a microclimate perfectly suited for growing red wine varieties.
Our debut production came from our one acre block of Grenache planted in 2011 to clone 515 on St. George rootstock. The head-trained trellis method we use is a throwback style not seen often in Napa Valley, but has been used in the Rhone Valley and many other regions for decades. This practice will bring diversity to the flavor profile of the wine because the fruit zone is less consistent. The grape clusters hang in the shade and in full sun in both the morning and afternoon. The lack of perfect consistency is exactly what we are looking for to create the rustic complexity of our wines.
2014 was a near perfect vintage for Napa Valley. The drought conditions were concerning, but some favorably timed spring rains made for a vigorous and balanced start to the season. The summer months had no extreme heat to bring sunburn or stress to the vines. As the crops were lighter than normal, and consequently harvested on the early side of the calendar, the quality was exceptional with beautiful rich color and silky texture.