Babcock “Love Among the Ruins” Grenache 2017
This wine is a lot about discovery, and at least a little bit about reconciliation. First the discovery part. This is the first Sta. Rita Hills Grenache that Brian Babcock has ever made. Historically, except for one or two small vineyards that never had any fruit for sale, there simply has not been much Grenache to speak of in the Sta. Rita Hills. Between Pinot being anointed as king, and a belief that Grenache requires more heat, this important Rhone variety was largely looked over. Recently, a few more brave souls have decided to give it a go. this wine is very delicate with beautiful notes of cranberry, raspberry and spice. In the mouth it’s really succulent and it packs a bit more of a wallop than you might think it’s going to, based on how the wine appears in the glass. This is an absolutely classic rendition of Grenache and its fruit is super fresh and tantalizing.
“The 2017 Grenache Love Among The Ruins is fabulous. Sweet floral and minty overtones add nuance to a core of red cherry Grenache fruit. Pliant and silky, with terrific aromatic presence, the 2017 is another wine that shows Bryan Babcock at his very best. This is such a pretty wine.”
– Antonio Galloni
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