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2013 Vinferno (375 ml)
Wine Specs
100% grenache blanc
Arroyo Seco
Vineyard Designation
9.4 g/L
Drinkable upon release (Mar. 2014), 4-8 years ageability
Serving Temperature
45º F
Bottling Date
Residual Sugar
Label Artist
Alex Gross
Alcohol %
Planet Grape

2013 Vinferno (375 ml)

Late Harvest Grenache Blanc

This wickedly great cuvée will transport you to a realm beyond your wildest imaginings.

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Like patient cargo cultists, we patiently await the arrival of botrytis in the Beeswax Vineyard. And wait and wait and wait. (And still no botrytis.) 2012 and 2013 were, as we well know, very dry years, and the only positive result of this was that the ’13 vintage was exceptionally advanced in maturity, allowing us to leave the fruit on the vine well into early November without untoward result. Ergo, this wine may well be thought of as a classical “late harvest.” Coconut, papaya, pineapple, pear and quince paste (yes!) in the nose and maybe a suggestion of dried fruit (dried peaches?). There is a wonderful toastiness to the nose, maybe the caramelized sugar of a of crème brulée? On the palate, the wine is sweet, of course, but extremely well balanced with acidity and just a hint of astringency which prevents it from cloying. Very, very long, clean finish. This is possibly the most perfect wine you could imagine with a cheese course.
92 POINTS, PLANET GRAPE: “This intensely sweet but very well-balanced Grenache Blanc has notes of coconut, papaya, peach skin, and caramelized sugar. Delicious on its own, or with dessert or cheese." | | NOW AND ZIN WINE: "Vinferno is a sweet wine, to be sure, but there is plenty more going on, which lifts it from "dessert wine" status to the level of a great table wine. First of all, there is a savory aspect to both the nose and palate that keeps it from cloying. Second, the acidity is bracing, and it's especially noticeable when served unchilled. It's definitely food-friendly. Third, the flavors probably go best with fruit or a soft, creamy cheese, but they work well with lightly herbed meats, too. Even bratwurst. Salty peanuts. At this point, you'll need another bottle." - Randy Fuller, August 2014 |
Vineyard Notes
2013 brought an incredible opportunity for a truly late harvest wine to be produced from Beeswax Vineyard in Arroyo Seco. Typically this vineyard’s fruit is harvested nearly into November, but in 2013, it was harvested for our Cigare Blanc in the first week of October. This allowed us to leave a portion of the Grenache Blanc in the vineyard for another 5 weeks to naturally dry and concentrate sugar and flavor on the vine. We hand picked the fruit and gently pressed whole cluster at the winery. The resulting juice was 31.8 brix and was slowly cold fermented in 100% stainless steel.
Production Notes
987 cases
Winemaker Notes
Hell-o! We were just minding our Beeswax when it became clear we could contrive to produce a decadent single vineyard dessert wine from the air-dried grapes of the noble white cépage, grenache blanc. Vinferno is er, darned rich, fragrant and honeyed—nary a trace of brimstone—with non-trivial lashings of quince and Asian pear and a finish that seems to last an eternity.
Food Pairing Notes
Fruit or nut based-desserts, foie gras torchon.
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