2020 Ancient Grenache
Old Hill Ranch
2020 Ancient Grenache; vines established 1885 ($44) (only 84 cases produced)
The Ancient Grenache is a select harvest from the Ancient Field Blend and includes a pinch of Syrah, Carignane and Alicante Bouschet. The vines grow on the valley floor on the fertile, deep, clay-loam soils and are among the oldest, biggest and most beautiful on the vineyard.
This may be my favorite vintage since 2007! The color is on the darker side with a generous fruit forward aroma I would describe as raspberry with some green mint. The tannins are drying and young and will certainly benefit with age. The fruit character is what really stands out to me, both quantity and quality, it is a very generous wine.