Sourced from Spear Vineyard and Robert Rae Vineyard nestled in the Sta. Rita Hills, the Grenache is whole cluster fermented for intense aromatics of bright juicy cherry and crunchy red currant. It is aged entirely in neutral oak, allowing it to retain freshness and purity of fruit. A small kiss of spice, refreshing tartness, and length round out this delight of a wine. 285 cases were produced.
Not many producers deliver intrigue, purity, and utter drinkability throughout their range. Owner/ winemaker Sonja Magdevski has had a life of exploration in more ways than one. As a former Fulbright Scholar with a background in journalism and peace brokering, Sonja’s road to winemaking has been a winding one, sparked when she had the random opportunity to plant a backyard vineyard in California. Her first attempt at winemaking occurred in her garage.
Today, Sonja works with a number of small family-owned vineyards in Santa Barbara. Clementine Carter, dedicated exclusively to Rhône varieties, was named after one of Sonja’s favorite movie characters from My Darling Clementine, which she used to watch with her father as a child. Clementine embodied determination and ingenuity, much like Sonja’s work with these wines—evident in the glass. These are absolute crowd-pleasers and the type of wine to snap up by the case.