2020 2020 Côté Nicault Full Disclosure Grenache
- Winemaker Gilles Nicault
- Appellation Red Mountain
- Varietal Côterie Bons Vivant Exclusive
From the time Gilles Nicault arrived in the Columbia Valley, he dreamed of crafting a wine that would capture the pure reflection of the New World terroir reminiscent of his Rhône Valley heritage.
Displaying a deep and alluring garnet hue, this wine shows intense notes of figs and black currants with a touch of crushed black pepper. Hints of sagebrush and wild thyme add an element of intrigue, reminiscent of the distinctive Grenache varietal characteristics. Bright fruit, indicative of the area's cool nights, provides a lively lift, ensuring balance and freshness. The subtle undertones of cocoa nibs and clove add layers of complexity while the opulent, velvety texture and vibrant character lead this wine to a long lasting, succulent finish.
The Grenache is carefully hand sorted and placed in a two-ton fermenter with 50% whole-cluster to conduct the fermentation, a technique that emphasizes the development of black olive tapenade and viscosity to the wine. After 3 weeks of skin maceration, the grapes were pressed off and then aged for 18 months in a 600-liter French Oak barrel. The use of the large format barrel gives the wine complexity and mouthfeel with a subtle impact from the oak. The influence of whole-cluster fermentation and aging in large format French oak barrels elevates the wine to a new level of artistry, providing a sensory experience that pays homage to both the land and the craft of winemaking.
The 2020 Full Disclosure embodies the very soul of the Red Mountain AVA, capturing the rugged beauty, distinctive terroir, and bold flavors that define this remarkable corner of the world. Sourced primarily from Red Heaven Vineyard, a southwestern facing site, the vineyard is ideally suited to growing Grenache with outstanding character and flavor.