A beautiful Grenache with juicy berry and red fruits and still some good tannic structure with just enough acidity. Almost floral in its presentation with a nice long finish, I think this could improve with a couple more years but it is really good now.
this is stunningly good wine. deceivingly clear in appearance (in the best of ways). distinctive aromas. has great structure and is very well balanced. this guy is making great wine; I wish I had purchased more than 2.
Tasting through 2010 "reserve" lineup continues. This pours a transparent dark ruby red. The aromatics are perfumed & floral. A very pure expression emerges with raspberry & strawberry. Hints of white pepper & mulling spice waft over as well. What is captivating when you sip the wine is the stunning, soft mouthfeel. Elegant is the best word here. Make no mistake, this is a fruit driven wine, but this miraculous site, the Gunkel "down by the river" vineyard is producing pure , precise Grenache with some sneaky acid & tannins. This shows a strong spiced fig note on the back of the palate which lingers and makes you want more. A brilliant example of what Grenache can be here in Washington. This adds weight & shows more concentration as it takes on air & warms to room temp. Just great stuff here.
Had this with a duo of pork dishes, a roasted tenderloin, some mild sausage added to red beans & rice soup. As I tasted it, I simply had to pull some prosciutto & taste it together. Not surprisingly, it worked beautifully.
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