The Language of Yes, Grenache "En Passerillage" 2020, Rancho Real Vineyard, Santa Maria, Central Coast, CA
This elegant and complex red from genius winemaker Randall Grahm has notes strawberry, rhubarb, sandalwood, & spice, with silky tannins on the palate and a long finish.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Santa Maria Valley
REGION: Central Coast
SUBREGION: Santa Barbara County
VINEYARD: Rancho Réal Vineyard
SOIL: Sandy loam
VINIFICATION: Air-dried post-harvest for 3 days, 50% whole cluster, èlevage in large vessels: puncheons and stainless steel, unfiltered
COLOR: Medium red, slight brown edge
BODY: Medium to Full (7-8)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Strawberry, rhubarb, peach, blood orange, sandalwood & spice
FLAVOR: Silky tannins, elegant & lingering finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Pair with roasted meats & veggies seasoned with cumin, allspice, Asian five-spice.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
From Cigars (Flying) to the Rhône Ranger to Popelouchum, Randall Grahm has a long history of reimagining the traditions of France in a distinctly personal way.
The Language of Yes (a distinctly odd name) is Randall’s next chapter. A continued exploration of the central California Coast through small-batch vinous experiments, light touches and a deep love of the land.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
A vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County. The vineyard with 436-acre property sits 13 miles southeast of the town of Santa Maria and tailored specifically to its topography and soil types producing Burgundian and Rhone grape varietals, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Pinot Gris and Gamay, bringing the combined planted acreage to 211.
ABOUT THE LABEL:
Odd name for a wine, what? “The Language of Yes” or La Langue d'Oc is the term that medieval folk of southern France and adjacent environs used to describe who they were by how they spoke (differentiating themselves from “La langue d’oil” spoken by their northern neighbors - a oui bit of parochialism, non?) The Language of Yes,” a precursor of modern Provençal, is a window to a particular sensibility - the language of the love poetry of the troubadours - one that esteemed passion and romance above cerebration and most significantly, expressed a deep, almost mystical love of the land.