2012 Santa Ynez Valley Grande Marque Rouge

2012 Santa Ynez Valley

Grande Marque Rouge

Having worked with Rhone Varietals from all corners of Santa Ynez Valley, Ernst is drawn to the cooler sites where ripeness is reached at a lower Brix (Sugar Content). This wine was born out of a desire to make a Red Blend from Rhone Varietals that is balanced, food friendly and uncomplicated. Think of an oak fire, good friends, family, music and laughter!

Tasting Notes and Production Details

Fresh soft berry fruit, roasted nuts and wet stones dominate the nose. The palate is filled with spicy red and dark fruit. The mouth feel is rounded with an approachable minerality that runs through the wine.

Production Details
  • 43% Mourvedre, 29% Grenache, 14% Cinsault, 14% Syrah
  • 72% Curtis Vineyard, 14% Demetria Estate, 14% Kingsley
  • All components vinified separate to capture varietal character
  • Soils: Mostly Marina sand and Chamise shaly loam
  • 14% New French Oak
  • 14 months barrel aging
  • No Fining, no filtration
  • 165 cases produced

Alc. 13.5% | pH 3.58 | Total Acid: 5.8g/l