Jongen // El Camino Real Estate Grenache Noir // 2014


Jongen // El Camino Real Estate Grenache Noir // 2014


185 Cases Produced
100% Estate Grown
El Camino Real Vineyard
Hand Picked by Family in 2014
Barrel Aged 2 Years
Bottled in 2016
Bottle Aged 1 Year


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Jongen is a dutch word for boy.
But it is used much more to describe a "kid."
I like the word kid, I still use it to address a room full of people. "What's Up Kids?" It disarms everyone almost immediately, and who doesn't like to be a Kid. 
Being a Kid is Great.
On the label, you see my Uncle Harvey, shirtless, shaved head, schwinn bike. If you have collected our wines for a few years you might have sensed a secret pattern in our Grenache Noir. My Father and My Uncle are always depicted as young men, behind bikes, in a baseball uniforms, and with a serious face, they are always mirrors of each other. Everything is the same, but the personalities are different. Young men with the world stretched out before them.

Grenache Noir is that Kid to me. The one that everyone loves. The one that gets the buzz cut the day school gets out so he doesn't have to mess with it all summer long. When a bike meant a freedom that stretched out as far as your legs could peddle you.
Uncle Harvey once left Bellflower as a Kid and rode his bike all the way down to San Diego before calling my grandparents to come and pick him up. That story is a legend around the family. 
That is what Grenache Noir is. It is that awesome grape that the rest of the world is drinking like crazy that has yet to hit the mainstream of the American table.
It's the Kid. 
I can guarantee that if you open a Grenace Noir at a party, it will be the first wine that is gone. 
That is what is so amazing about Grenache Noir, everyone loves it. There is nothing offensive about it . 
Most other wines are polarizing, when people like Cabernet, they LOVE IT, but then a lot of other wines that are on the other end of the spectrum just are dead to them. Same with Syrah, or Zin, or Chard.....
But Grenache, is in the dead center of that taste. It is like the Tom Hanks of wine. 
Everyone loves it, it can win a couple oscars, make a tearjerker, get lost on an island and talk to a volleyball, then go to the moon. 
Grenache Noir will not be type cast. 
Grenache Noir is the Kid, Free and shirtless, shaved head, schwinn bike, ready for an adventure.

The Farmers Grape.