2015 Folded Hills "August" Santa Ynez Valley Grenache Syrah

SKU #1350636 92 points Vinous

 Pliant and bold, the 2015 Red August is another gorgeous wine from Folded Hills. Dark cherry and plum are pushed forward in this beautifully layered, supple wine. The 2015 is 64% Grenache and 36% Syrah. (AG)  (9/2017)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 If you like old-vine grenache from South Australia, check out this grenache/syrah blend; Angela Osborne sourced it from four sites farmed by Ruben Solorzano (which is to say, it comes from a sort of Santa Barbara grenache dream team). It has a rich, umami-laden red-cherry flavor that hints at smoked meat, and great textural appeal, fleshy and fresh at once. It’s an enveloping, supple wine for roast duck.  (10/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 64% Grenache and 36% Syrah, the 2015 August Red has a medium garnet-purple color and offers a wonderfully spicy nose of cinnamon stick, cloves, pepper and cardamom over a core of kirsch, raspberry preserves, sautéed herbs and roses. It fills the medium-bodied palate with vibrant red berry and spice flavors, framed by velvety tannins and plenty of vivacity, finishing long and perfumed. (LPB)  (9/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Rather ripe on the nose, this blend offers aromas of candied strawberry, red cherry and a hint of cinnamon. The palate is lighter in mouthfeel, very clean and easy to enjoy, with a decent structure that's not too tight, showing flavors of red fruits and red spice. (MK)  (11/2018)

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.