A row of barrels in the Relic cave.

2018 Paras Vineyard Grenache

We are excited to return with a new Paras Grenache after the 2017 vintage was lost to fire. Although we were unable to make a Grenache in 2017, these terraced vines planted in the early 1990’s survived the fire and made an outstanding comeback with a vibrant and joyous 2018. Aromas of kirsch, strawberry jam, exotic spice and a hint of apricot fill the glass. The palate has the depth that only Grenache can produce, belying its lightness of color with waves of flavor that carry the wine into a long, warm finish with detailed fruit, minerality and spice notes. 

  • Paras Vineyard: Alban and 515 clone 
  • Mount Veeder AVA, Napa Valley
  • Steep south-facing hillsides of shale and sandstone pebbles
  • 1200 -1400 feet elevation
  • Unfined and unfiltered
  • 104 cases produced from two older puncheons

Another elegant Rhône wine from this estate, the 2018 Grenache Paras Vineyard comes from a vineyard on Mount Veeder and is 100% destemmed Grenache brought up in one-third new French oak. Lots of white flowers, white pepper, framboise, and a touch of rocky earth give way to a medium-bodied, seamless Grenache that’s drinking beautifully today. It will keep for 7-8 years with no issues.
Jeb Dunnuck
January 2021
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2018 Grenache Paras Vineyard sails out of the glass with notions of kirsch, black raspberries and spice cake plus hints of smoked meats, garrigue, Sichuan pepper and underbrush in the background. Full-bodied, the palate is laden with perfumed red and black fruits, supported by soft, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, delivering a spicy kick on the finish.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The Wine Advocate
November 5, 2020