Paul Lato says: “This wine has a seductive nose of kirsch, potpourri and white pepper with touches of garrigue and dried lavender. The palate is full-bodied, rich and concentrated with notes of blackberry preserves and layers of spice. With a focused style and a structured backbone, this wine finishes with smooth flavors of cranberry and vanilla. Lay this bottle down for 2 to 3 years and it will truly shine.
Tasting Notes: A big, bold greanache that offers lots of cassis and black raspberry fruit to go with underlying notes of wet gravel, peppery herbs, licorice and pepper. Full in body, seamless, elegant and multi-dimensional on the palate, with a weightless mouthfeel, it’s acidity is nicely integrated and it never puts a foot wrong. Given its balance and overall purity, it’s a killer drink today, but it will evolve beautifully.
Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “Coming from an ocean-influenced site in the Santa Maria Valley, the 2017 Grenache Ora Et Labora offers more black raspberry, cassis, crushed stone, and seaside, sea breeze-like hints as well as plenty of violets and flowery incense notes. Medium to full-bodied, it has the classic Bien Nacido structure, ripe tannins, and a great finish. Where the Lumiere Larner Vineyard is all about elegance and charm, this is more burly, masculine and structured.”