Santa Barbara County
I have always loved the syrah from this vineyard and bought this grenache on a lark. It looked particularly well farmed and made a surprisingly good wine. Thompson Vineyard is situated in a cool enough spot to allow a leisurely ripening of grenache fruit without the excessive loss of acidity that usually occurs in warmer sites. This wine displays an aromatic flamboyance that only grenache can show, yet has uncommonly fine balance and subtlety.
Robert Parkers Wine Advocate
“Even better then the 2005 Grenache is the 2004 Grenache Thompson Vineyard. Aromas of cigar box, kirsch, licorice, and pepper are followed by broad, savory, medium to full-bodied flavors, good underlying acidity, and ripe tannin.” – RP 91 Points