Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard, Santa Barbara, CA
A Tribute to Grace
What we love
Angela Osborne’s A Tribute to Grace label, named for the New Zealander’s grandma, is a winery to watch. She focuses exclusively on Grenache, and this exceptionally pale example is fascinating. Compelling aromatics of crispy bacon, red cherry, cinnamon, and temple incense. It features a distinctly white pepper edge from the 78% whole cluster, plus a long, herbal, smoky finish. Medium-bodied and silky on the palate. Highly distinctive; if you like it, you’ll love it.
About this Wine
The expression of Grenache that accompanies the altitude of the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard continues to amaze. Sitting at 3,200 feet elevation, this arid, moonscape setting is home to sand, brush, exposed rocks... and grapes. It’s the perfect setting for Grenache. Summer days are blazing hot, but the evenings cool off dramatically so while the wine has 13.8% alcohol, it’s as fresh as the Prince of Bel-Air. This is very much a wine that fully embraces the boundless potential of California terroir.
Drink now through 2023.
94 points, Decanter
92 points, Wine Enthusiast, Editor’s Choice.
- Technical Data
- Blend: 100% Grenache
- Alcohol: 13.8% | pH: 3.72 | Production: 424 cases
- Winemaking: This wine is made with 78% whole cluster inclusion to help balance the tannins, with native fermentation followed by secondary fermentation in barrel. Aged 11 months in French barrels (17% new). Minimal amounts of sulfur used, just for stabilization.
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