As fruit comes in for 2016, we keep the 2015’s that are still in barrel or puncheon under a watchful eye. For 2015, we decided to age the Grenache in puncheon. These are much larger than barrels and are the traditional (French) vessel to age Grenache in. The idea being that there is less surface are for the wine and it helps to maintain the fruit forward nature of Grenache. As we continue to taste the Grenache it’s probably 6-8 months from bottling.
Our 2015 Carneros Syrah ages in barrel the longest of our wines. We only rack it one time and that was in March. We continue to watch it develop in the barrel as it develops those classic Las Madres Vineyard aromas and flavors. We’re still almost a year away from bottling. Typically, our Syrah also spends another year in bottle before release as our 2014 Syrah is doing now.