Making Grenache Noir

Grenache is back!

Grapes are more scarce this year so we were fortunate to get our hands on these organic grapes from Corteza, a new vineyard for us, located in Contra Costa.
Unloading the grapes from our truck.
Bins of grapes are brought into the winery to go directly to tank.
Bins of grapes are brought into the winery to go directly to tank.
These grapes go into our stainless steel tanks, we want a crunchy wine so we are using true carbonic fermentation. Only native yeasts are used to ferment our grapes.
Dry ice is added over the top of the grapes before we seal the tank and allow carbonic fermentation to begin. We will wait for a full week to go by, then open the lids and foot tread the grapes before going to our press. The juice will go back into tank to complete fermentation. 
We aren't sure what we will do with this new Grenache yet. It could become a single varietal or, more likely, become a part of our Love Red blend. Stay tuned!