2012 Santa Barbara County Grenache Blanc
Grenache Blanc •Camp Four Vineyard
Santa Barbara County
Deering Wines is back with today’s exceptional 2012 Santa Barbara County Grenache Blanc. Agent Red loved today’s white wine, and we have a feeling that you just might, too!
Today’s limited production Grenache Blanc is a beautiful summertime wine, with floral aromatics and bright fruit flavors coming together to capture a near-perfect potpourri of warm weather flavors.
We offer you today’s wine with a very enthusiastic recommendation!
Super pale gold throughout the glass, like a ray of spring sunshine.
Very floral and aromatic on the nose, with honeydew melon and ruby grapefruit framed against lime leaf, orange oil, white flower blossom, light herbal tea, and subtle fennel frond.
Delicious flavors of spiced green apple, ruby grapefruit, and Meyer lemon mingle with jasmine, white herbal tea, lime flower, soft brown baking spice, subtle minerality, and a touch of fennel.
A full and weighty mouthfeel to this refreshing white wine. A lovely acidity makes this a splendid warm weather selection.
Crisply kale with roasted salmon and coconut rice.
What the Winery Says
This wine has gotten raves from everyone who tastes it. It was our first time making Grenache Blanc and because of the overwhelming response we just crushed the grapes for our 2013 vintage.
This wine starts with notes of melon and citrus. Has a delicate, yet memorable palate, with hints of star fruit and kiwi. It has a very beautifully balanced acidity, which lingers on the palate, but finishes quickly.
- Todd Maus
- Santa Barbara County, California
- Camp Four Vineyard
- 100% Grenache Blanc
- 180 Cases
About the Winery
In 2004, we purchased 16 acres of Old Vine Zinfandel and Maus Vineyards was established. Our property was part of the historic Beltane Ranch located in the Mayacamas region of the Sonoma County Viticulture area. The area is known for its rocky slopes of volcanic basalt, shale and sandstone bedrocks. The vines love the cool maritime influence accompanied by evening fog and many warm sunny days. Our property is at a high elevation which allows the fog to burn off sooner. This creates great morning sun exposure that carries through to the afternoon. As a result, the property is suited for many different varietals.
The Deering property totals 106 acres and we are very sensitive to the environment, practicing sustainable organic farming. The Deering name has a long history of agriculture in America, producing some of the first farming “machines” in the 1880’s. Blair (Deering) Maus’s family created the Deering Harvester Company which eventually became International Harvester.
Winemaker Todd Maus
Todd’s family has also been involved in farming for hundreds of years. Today he continues the dedication to improving agricultural practices and the love of farming started by his ancestors’ centuries ago. His biggest passion and fascination has been with beverages, to the point of brewing beer in his family’s garage. When he moved to the Bay Area, his passion for wine began. While working in San Francisco during the day, he took night courses on winemaking and grape growing in Napa at night.
Todd nurtures the vineyard with an eye to quality, not quantity.
In 2004, we purchased 16 acres of Old Vine Zinfandel and Maus Vineyards was established. Our property was part of the historic Beltane Ranch located in the Mayacamas region of the Sonoma County Viticulture area, an area known for its rocky slopes comprised of volcanic basalt, shale and sandstone bedrocks.
The vines love the cool maritime influence accompanied by evening fog and many warm sunny days. Our property is at a high elevation which allows the fog to burn off sooner. This creates great morning sun exposure that carries through to the afternoon. As a result, the property is suited for many different varietals.
In addition to our Maus Vineyard Zinfandel, we have planted 3.5 acres of Petite Syrah, 1.5 acres of Grenache, 1 acre of Mourvedre and 1 acre of Charbono. These are currently in root stock with the expectation of producing grapes in 3-4 years. We plan on planting the other 7 acres with some other interesting varietals within the next few years.
Sustainable Farming Practices
At Deering Vineyard we are very sensitive to the environment and are practicing sustainable organic farming. This means that we are only planting in brush areas, allowing us to save the beautiful old oak trees and creating a good balance of wild land where beneficial insects can thrive. There are good homes for owls, bats and foxes.