- Producer: Slacker Wines - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Matt Trevisan
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Willow Creek)
- Blend: 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre
- Vintage production: 850 cases
- Winery location: Willow Creek
- Owners: Matt and Maureen Trevisan
- First Vintage: 2003
- Drinking window: 2019-2024+
About the Wine
The hand-harvested fruit for the Stereotype was sourced from both the Linne Calodo Estate Ranch vineyards, and the famed G2 vineyard.
The berries were hand sorted via a two-tiered sorting system (whole cluster sorting followed by individual berry sorting). The Grenache was fermented 25% whole cluster in a closed-top concrete fermenter. The Syrah and Mourvèdre were destemmed and fermented whole berry in open-top stainless steel fermenters. Twice daily punch downs and/or pump-overs were used to maximize flavour extraction.
If Slacker Wines were forced to pronounce a philosophy it might be this: “Whatever. It’s wine. Just enjoy it.” The bottle of Slacker Wine you open is not intended to be the centre of attention. It should stir no debates, controversies, or jealousies. If it does, you’re doing it wrong. Just open it up, share with friends, and the rest will take care of itself.
Following fermentation with native yeats, the wine spent 12 months in two 3,000 litre, 3-year-old French oak foudres. These foudres hold the equivalent of 11 regular - sized barrels. The larger vessel results in a more delicate oak inclusion because of the lessened volume of wine against the surface area of oak. Thicker staves on the barrel mean less oxygen exposure for the wine, giving it a fresher and more lively flavor.
Paso Robles, best known for its incredible Rhône blends, is famously split by the 101 Highway, with the smaller region on the western (coastal) side firmly established as being home to the very best vineyards. Linne Calodo is just a 20-minute drive west of the city of Paso Robles and it’s incredible how quickly the terrain is transformed from wide plains to steep canyons and hillsides covered in wild flowers. Matt and Maureen Trevisan’s enclave sits within the Estate’s organically/dry-farmed vineyards which live in harmony with the surrounding woodland.
Matt’s winemaking style is a balance of science and art, not shy of experimentation and altering his approach to work with each vintage. It’s also one that leading him to the very top of his game and comparisons to the greats of the Rhône Valley (Josh Reynolds likens him to Jean-Louis Chave!). Volumes are extremely low, but all of the reds and whites are sold out in their entirety every year, such is the demand. 4C has the first ever UK allocation.
Slacker Wines 'Stereotype' Grenache 2016
"Bright red raspberries and currants burst out of the glass with a bramble of wild California sagebrush and soft rosemary lingering after. Lovely acidity keeps the wine uplifted, while hints of caramelized brown sugar play at the edges of your palate. This wine is itching to be drunk and enjoyed, but will continue to show vibrancy through 2026."
Matt Trevisan, Winemaker & Owner