Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wine of the Week: Potek "Demetria" Grenache

Although Potek Winery has only been open since 2015, David Potter has consistently delivered impressive wines from start, and his "Demetria" Grenache surely follows suite. All of the grapes for this wine were grown on Demetria Estate, located in a picturesque stretch of rolling hills in Santa Barbara County, above Foxen Canyon in the Santa Ynez AVA. The vineyard is farmed biodynamically, grapes are hand harvested, and less than 100 cases are produced. The Demetria Grenache has elegance and complexity, opening with a perfume of violets and cherries. Notes of red fruits are complemented by soft silky tannins and a touch of earthiness and black pepper, and lively acidity. An exquisite wine! 


Santa Barbara, located about two hours north of Los Angeles, is widely considered to be one of the most dynamic winemaking regions in California today, and David Potter is one of the new guard making a name for himself here. In the fall of 2015, wanting to create focused, single-vineyard wines, Potter opened Potek Winery, with a commitment to produce the best possible wines from Santa Barbara’s most exciting vineyards. The winery uses a minimalist approach to winemaking. With access to such unique and expressive vineyards, this is the best way to coax out the distinct facets of the individual wines. The wines are mainly aged in neutral oak and are treated as naturally as possible, with no fining or filtration before bottling. The resulting wines speak of their locations throughout Santa Barbara, and are a beautiful survey of the area.

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