Kings Carey, “To Market” Grenache Noir 2018, Spear Vineyards, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, CA
This lighter style of Grenache is an impeccable example of a “natural wine.” This wine is light & fruit forward with a striking acidity. “To Market” is intended to be served with a chill & is immensely crushable. Perfect for the table during the holidays.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Santa Rita Hills
REGION: California Central Coast
SUB-REGION: Santa Barbara
VINEYARD: Spear Vineyards
GRAPES: Grenache Noir (Clone 362)
PRACTICE: Sustainable, Organically grown grapes
VINIFICATION: Aged on the lees for 25 months; neutral oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered.
COLOR: Pale Garnet
BODY: Light (1-2)
TASTE: Dry, fresh, fruit-forward
PRIMARY AROMAS: Strawberries, raspberries, warm rubber, pepper
FLAVOR: Light dried plum, cherry, chocolate, earthy, mineral
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Chill for about 20 minutes – a highly crushable wine, enjoy on its own or paired with Thanksgiving dinner, Beef Bourguigon, coq au vin, etc
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Winemaker, James Sparks, did not know of wine growing up, he was raised a Mormon in Idaho. But once he stepped away from the religion that required sobriety, he took a journey to Santa Barbara wine country in 2009 and never looked back. His first main project, where he still works today, is the winemaker for Liquid Farm in Sta. Rita Hills, which produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a rosé of Mourvèdre. He began Kings Carey as a way to concentrate on Rhône varieties. Both of his labels highlight Sparks penchant for attention to detail, producing single variety wines without much manipulation allowing the final bottlings to speak for themselves.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
“Spear Vineyards were planted in 2014 along the Highway 246 corridor and within the interior of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. These are amongst the highest elevation plantings in the famed appellation. Peaking at 900’ above sea level, there are currently 34 acres in production representing six different grape varietals on a multitude of diverse clonal, rootstock, orientation, elevation and soil combinations. Dedicated to sustainability, CCOF certified organic farming nourishes our soils, enriching the diversity and vitality of microorganisms and thereby improving vine health and vineyard expression. These viticultural practices obviate the use of inorganic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Our farming team is guided by the collaborative direction of Ofer Shepher, Ben Merz and Shannon Gledhill.”
ABOUT THE LABEL:
As the nursery rhyme goes,
“To market, to market to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.”
Label artwork by Hawk Krall