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2014 Austin Hope Grenache


The 2014 Austin Hope Grenache was grown on the Hope Family Vineyard, located just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Templeton Gap district of Paso Robles. The site’s rocky soils of clay and limestone make it ideal for the Rhône varieties to which it is planted – Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Roussanne. Our Grenache blocks are planted in high-density, 5’ x 5’ spacing, and the vines are carefully managed to keep cluster counts low, resulting in fruit with great intensity and rich berry flavors.

Four Grenache clones were used in the 2014 blend: Tablas Creek Vine Selection #2, Clone 362, Clone 315 and Garnacha Clone 814 (Spain). The grapes were hand-picked and fermented separately by vineyard block in five-ton, open-top tanks. After daily pump-overs (for color and tannin extraction) for 10 days, the tanks were tasted and analyzed for their tannin and structure to determine the length of extended maceration. The wines of 2014 were held on their skins for an additional 30 to 60 days before they were racked into mostly new French oak barrels where they aged for 24 months. The Grenache was racked again in the spring of 2015, and once more just prior to bottling in November of 2016.

Wine Specs

100% Grenache