2016 Grenache "Pick Up Sticks"

2016 Grenache


Technical Information
  • Blend Grenache, Syrah & Viognier
  • Vineyard Henry Road block 3 & Main Ranch Block T East
  • Winemaker Clayton Kirchhoff
  • Appellation Napa Valley, Carneros
  • Release Date April 4, 2017
  • Harvest Date September 3rd to 24th, 2017
  • Alcohol 14.2%
  • PH 3.95
  • TA 4.56g/100mLs
  • Production 231 cases
Winemaking Process

Grenache and Syrah were destemmed and had quick cool tank fermentations while the Viognier was whole-cluster pressed and neutral oak fermented. The wine was blended in late February 2017 and bottled in mid-June after a total of 8 months in Neutral 500 liter puncheons. 

Tasting Notes

After 20 years of making Pick Up Sticks I believe we've done our best work to date with the 2016, Grenache in the raw. It captures fresh plum and strawberries layered with forest floor, leather and spice that Grenache expresses best. It finishes with finesse, mature fine tannins resulting in a medium bodied long finish. It makes me think of BBQ ribs and other savory dishes; Pick Up a Drum Stick.