Grenache at Peake Ranch grows on a south-east facing hillside of sandy and clay loam on the eastern edge of the cool Sta. Rita Hills. Syrah in Sta Rita Hills is typically picked very late but at relatively low sugar levels for Grenache. These grapes produce a cool, energetic, mineral-laden wine with juicy, high toned, aromatic red fruits, fresh herbs, and good structure for aging.
In 2020 vintage, the Grenache was harvested in early October after the third heat event, and immediately prior to a fourth one. Due to high level smoke from distant fires, we decided to destem 100% of the Grenache (typically we use up to 25% whole clusters). The grapes were fermented in 1.5-ton, open top fermenters by native yeasts. At dryness, we drained the free run juice and gently pressed the remaining berries, and then transferred the wine to a large French oak 1200L Muid, where it aged for 7 months before being racked to smaller vessels (500L puncheons and 228L barriques) for 10 more months aging before blending and bottling. The wine is a little more generous of fruit than past vintages of Grenache, but it still maintains a cool edge with bright raspberry fruits, spices, and a fabulous texture. Enjoyable now, the wine will improve for 5-7 years and hold much longer.