Rich, round and fruity, this substantial Grenache demonstrates the potential for this grape in Washington. Though winter hardiness can be a problem, in years such as this, where it ripens perfectly, the vines deliver a juicy, full-bodied wine brimming with cherry and brambly berry flavors. Here it has a light dusting of chocolate from aging in mostly neutral barrels.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.