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Dragonette John Sebastiano Vineyard Grenache 2013

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On the nose, this Grenache displays its cool climate origins, with high-register red fruits, such as ripe raspberry, strawberry and loganberry mingling with complex smoky earth notes, pine and herbal notes of fresh thyme, rosemary, mint, and oregano. On the palate the wine is energetic and lively, as red fruits (strawberries, pomegranate) mingle with citrus notes of blood orange, orange peel and fresh herbs (thyme), anise and tar. The wine has great lift from fresh tannins and ample, mouth-watering acidity and minerality (stones and seashells), and it finishes with great length and freshness.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Ynez Valley
Brand Dragonette
Alcohol/vol 14.3%
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Wine AdvocateLeading off the reds and coming from two blocks, one completely sandy soils and the other more clay, is the 2013 Grenache John Sebastiano Vineyard. (The Grenache vines here fall outside of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation so this is released as a Santa Ynez Valley AVA.) It has a beautiful, floral, feminine style as well as medium-bodied notes of sweet cherries, mulberries, spring flowers and candied violets. It's not a blockbuster, but it shines for its elegance and impeccable balance. Drink this beauty over the coming 4-6 years.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 30, 2016