A sense of place—or as the French call it, terroir—is the central principle behind this single-vineyard Grenache from Poco a Poco, the second label of award winning Porter-Bass. From 100% Biodynamic farming in the vineyard to hand harvesting and gentle handling of the grapes and finally to cellar techniques that minimize the winemakers hand with minimal invention, indigenous ferment and maturation in neural oak only, this is at heart a energetic, fruit-forward red with juicy raspberry and pomegranate flavors accented by black licorice and a touch of graphite from the Dark Horse Vineyard’s granite and volcanic soils. Drink now with food or solo.
· Wine Spectator rated the 2015 vintage 90 points in Mendocino. The multi-year drought leading up to the 2015 harvest resulted in reduced grape yields and lovely, balanced wine throughout the region.
· Grapes for this Grenache came from the Dark Horse Vineyard, planted on a high ridge above Hopland in Mendocino County.
· This vineyard is farmed Biodynamically, which is a combination of traditional organic techniques and very specific mineral and microbial additions to the soil.
· Rather than use commercial yeast strains to jump start fermentation, this wine was made with native yeast only, which makes for a more natural and characterful finished wine.
Very smooth with flavors of strawbery, cherry, blackberry, black tea, and licorice.
Poco a Poco wines are made from organic and biodynamic grapes by Porter-Bass Winery. The Porter Bass Estate sits just up in the hills that overlook the small town of Guerneville, CA (below the fog line, 9 miles from the Pacific Ocean). The vines struggle to ripen each year, providing the perfect environment to make balanced expressions of Coastal Russian River Valley wines.
Growing grapes and making wine is poco a poco, little by little. When a block of vines takes an extra few years to grow up the stake, it’s poco a poco. When each cluster of grapes is sorted by hand, it’s poco a poco. When the wine in barrel takes a month or two longer to finish fermentation, it’s poco a poco. We live in a time when most things can be made, ordered, and consumed in a matter of days. The beauty of winegrowing is that we must live poco a poco.
Pair with any barbecued meats.