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Dragonette Cellars John Sebastiano Vineyard Grenache 2021


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  • Soil Type: The Grenache vines at John Sebastiano Vineyard are rooted in a steep, southeast-facing hillside composed predominantly of sand at the eastern edge, transitioning to sandy clay loam towards the west and lower sections of the block. This diverse soil profile imparts a distinctive mineral quality to the wine, reminiscent of the rugged, untamed landscapes featured in classic Western films.

  • Elevation & Aspect: The strategic southeast-facing orientation ensures optimal sun exposure, contributing to the grapes' development of intense flavors and aromas while maintaining relatively low sugar levels, a hallmark of the vineyard's unique terroir.

  • Grape Varieties: This cuvée is crafted solely from Grenache, carefully selected from a block that is typically harvested later in the season to achieve a balance of ripeness and acidity, resulting in a wine characterized by its cool, energetic profile and mineral complexity.

  • Winemaking: The cool 2021 vintage led to a decision to destem 100% of the Grenache, moving away from the usual practice of incorporating up to 25% whole clusters. Native yeasts initiated fermentation in open-top fermenters, followed by aging in large French oak barrels, which included spontaneous malolactic fermentation, enhancing the wine's texture and depth.

  • Farming Practices: The vineyard's management reflects a commitment to capturing the essence of the terroir, with meticulous attention to the timing of the harvest and the health of the vines, ensuring the production of a wine that truly represents the unique characteristics of the John Sebastiano Vineyard.

  • Tasting Notes: The 2021 Grenache showcases bright, expressive notes of strawberry and raspberry, intertwined with fresh herbs and spices. The wine's fabulous texture and structured finish promise a journey that, while delightful now, will only deepen in complexity and enjoyment over the next 5-7 years.

  • Pairings: This Grenache is a versatile companion to a variety of dishes, from grilled meats and roasted vegetables to pasta dishes with robust sauces, each pairing enhancing the wine's vibrant fruit and herbal nuances.

  • About the Producer: Dragonette Cellars, known for their limited-production, terroir-driven wines, has once again demonstrated their mastery with the John Sebastiano Vineyard Grenache 2021. With only 110 cases produced, this cuvée represents a rare opportunity to experience the cool, elegant expression of Grenache in a year that challenged and ultimately showcased the skill and adaptability of the winemakers.

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