ZUIDEMA GRENACHEMcGah Vineyard
Rutherford, Napa Valley
107 cases produced
15.2% alc by vol
TA 6.2 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 lightly pressed 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 completion and insure a clean fresh wine. 21 months of barrel aging in French and American oak let the wine evolve and gain complexity.
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.
The harvest year of 2015 will not be forgotten soon as it was the beginning of a three year extreme drought for the state of California. With very little winter rain and a completely dry spring, the vines were growing early and with very little fruit. Additional frost conditions and awkward heat and winds during the flowering stage of growth made for a very unbalanced crop. Our decision to further thin the crop to create uniformity was difficult to make but absolutely necessary. The end result was far less production than normal but a wine that has depth, concentration, and complexity and holds true to the signature of our Zuidema Grenache.