The Dish

The Farm Winery loves the rows of Grenache we farm in the Paso Adelaida AVA.  The block sits at nearly 1800' elevation - which we believe is the highest altitude Grenache in Paso.  The higher elevation and southern aspect slope exposure create incredibly fine-grained tannins and a sublime mouth feel.  Since founding The Farm Winery, we have included a bit of Syrah with mostly Grenache to create Touchy-Feely.  However, when we tasted vintage 2014, three barrels stood out and suggested something noteworthy as a pure Grenache.  Now bottled, this wine is special and she's The Dish!

Vintage 2016 winemaker's notes

22 cases produced.  100% Grenache from the Paso Robles Adelaida District.

High elevation Grenache gives us a feminine character.  Silky texture and light color.  It is the most “Pinot-esque” of the Rhone varieties.  When I opened the 2016 bottle and poured the first splash, my nose found a tight and tense aroma.  Fresh, full of life, almost nervous.  As the wine started breathing it settled down and complex notes of cherries and elevated, almost balsamic freshness appeared.  A sensuous nose, demanding, involving, challenging, seducing.  In the mouth the initial impression of tension and vibration mellows to silk and vivacious fruit.  There’s an aliveness that validates the decision to bottle early. Less tannic than the 2014, the component that keeps the wine flowing is its acidity and minerality. I love Grenache!

Vintage 2016 reviews

A grenache with pretty dried-strawberry and caramel aromas and flavors. Hints of toffee. Medium to full body and soft, creamy tannins. Ripe finish, yet remains fresh. Drink or hold.
92 points;  James Suckling  March 2020
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Vintage 2014 winemaker's notes

When I put my nose to the glass, I was surprised. This is the first time we’ve bottled a pure Grenache.  We also changed our aging program to bottle The Dish younger, with 14 months in barrel.  And the nose reflects that.  There’s an aliveness that validates the decision to bottle earlier.  Notes of crushed grasses on an early morning hike when the dew is still on the leaves.  Red fruits, hints of charred meats, intense and complex, build up the expectation of what’s to come.  In the palate there’s an explosion of flavor.  Intense freshness.  Upright, vibrant, sharp.  Fine grained tannins that flow into mineral notes and keep the flavors alive.  Full mid-palate that lengthens into mineral and savory memories that go on and on and on….. I love this Grenache!   Just 68 cases produced.

Vintage 2014 reviews

The nose is a fine and lively velvety red raspberry with notes of blueberry, blossoms and honey.  The palate entry is crisp and bright with a red berry and mineral core.  A well-defined, silky finish.  Tasted twice.  Drink 2017 - 2022.
93 points; Purely Domestic Wine Report  March 2017

All Grenache, this concentrated effort does not stint on ripeness yet its signature calling card is deep red berry fruit that smells and tastes of Grenache, and its concentration, achieved without the addition of other varieties, is instructive re the potential that the grape possesses.  Juicy and forward on the palate, it does lose a bit of complexity relative to the best of its blended competitors, but there is no reason to call the wine out on that account since it is otherwise a bold yet charming effort that will drink decently in the near term yet can hold five years or more.
92 points; Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine  March 2017

Dark ruby. Highly perfumed red and blue fruit and floral pastille aromas are complemented by a hint of five-spice powder. Silky and broad on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry and boysenberry flavors that take a darker turn as the wine stretches out. Finishes impressively long and smooth, displaying lingering berry and floral nuances, velvety tannins and a touch of smoky minerality.
Drinking window:  2020 - 2026
92 points; Vinous   November 2017

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