WA Grenache Tasting

Tasted November 18, 2017 by mye with 340 views

Introduction

Group of 16 or so gathered at Seattle Wine Storage and tasted through 18 bottles with a WA Grenache theme, 15 WA, 3 ringers.

Flight 1 (6 notes)

Red
2013 Ocelli Cellars Grenache Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain
Red warm fruit. Fresh and felt very young.
Mid acidity, low tannins. Quite a bit of heat..
Red plums with mid finish. 5/6 for flight.
Red
2010 Rôtie Cellars Grenache "little g" USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
Not a lot of notes.. bright fruit, high acidity, slightly oaky.
better than the first, but not great. 4/6 for flight
Red
2011 Force Majeure Grenache Collaboration Series Force Majeure Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain
Cotton candy fruit. wow.. this isn't bad but also not what i like about Grenache from WA. Slightly sweet, mid tannin.
3/6. flight is improving.
Red
2010 Cayuse God Only Knows USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
Stemmy.. identify as christophe wine.
Mid acidity and tannin. a bit sweet but enjoyable.
Cayuse GOK? 2/6 in flight.
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Red
2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
91 points
Earthy, warm fruit. shows a bit of age.
Mid high acidity, soft and mellow. really enjoyed this.
1/6 - wine of the flight.
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Red
2010 Gramercy Cellars Grenache MTA Olsen Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
Hot, sweet.. Jammy, Pruney, completely unbalanced. wow this is bad.

edit: now thinking it may have been flawed, removed score
6/6 in flight..

Flight 2 (6 notes)

Red
2009 No Girls Grenache USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
Stemmy - another christophe wine!
Funky, low acidity.. Just ok.
4/6 in flight.
Red
2011 Gramercy Cellars Grenache Alder Ridge Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills
Slight VA? seems a touch off. but actually really enjoyable. sour cherry, great structure.. 2/6 of flight.
Red
2010 Kerloo Cellars Grenache Alder Ridge Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills
Cotton candy, sweetness. Slightly bitter, with high tannins.
not terrible, but not good. 6/6 of flight
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Red
2012 Latta Grenache Upland Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain
91 points
Delicious red fruit, sour cherry notes.. slight hint of sweetness with mid high acidity with long finish.
Called ringer - not WA (turns out i'm wrong).
1/6 for flight, and i'd say tied with the 2005 Vieux Donjon for WOTN.
Red
2012 La Rata Wines La Rata USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
Funk again.. christophe again? plumy, mid acidity..
not bad.. 3/6 in flight
Red
2016 Orr Wines Grenache USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
Young, fresh.. bright acidity.. can be good but super young.. really needs more time for this to settle down a bit.. wow like grape juice now.
5/6 in flight.

Flight 3 (6 notes)

Red
2011 Maison Bleue Grenache Le Midi Boushey Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
87 points
Dark purple, very young and fresh nose. Dark fruit, mid acidity and tannin. a bit of heat.. but not bad.. 1/6 for flight. the whole flight is a bit weak tho.
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Red
2010 Maison Bleue Grenache Le Midi Boushey Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
Sweet cotton candy.. sweet plums.. pretty down the middle WA grenache actually.. not bad, but i'm not a fan of this style i think.
4/6 in flight.
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Red
2011 No Girls Grenache USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
Stemmy and bitter.. whole cluster? another christpohe wine!
low acidity and mid tannins. not bad.. 3/6 in flight
Red
2011 Keplinger Caldera USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado County
Deep ruby.. ringer? I think this is the wine i brought (yup! was right).
seems a bit off.. chocolate..
5/6 in flight b/c thre's one that's even more flawed.
Red
2005 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Stewy fruit.. this is oxidized.. wow.. bad.
6/6 in flight.. worst of night.. but gotta say it's flawed.
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Red
2013 Ocelli Cellars Grenache Columbia Valley USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
Sweet licorice.. with some leather notes. sweet plum and psices. actually not bad. 2/6 of flight.

Closing

Interesting Observations:
- One of the best was a 2005 cdp (VDJ), and yet one of the worst was also a 2005 cdp (mon aieul).
- Cayuse/No Girls/Christophe wines are so distinct and easy to pick out.
- Two alderidge vineyards back to back.. one so bad.. one quite good!

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