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.
100% Grenache (Gunkel Vineyard) Flavors and aromas of bright black currant, blackberry, pink peppercorns, tea leaves and graphite. Very pretty on the palate, feminine and extremely elegant. This fine silk of a wine fits the tongue like a glove. Subtle, fine and soft finish. Needs time to show it's best. Drink 2014-2020.
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