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2016 Kerloo Cellars Grenache Upland Vineyard


  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain
Drink between 2019 - 2028 (Edit)
CT90.3 9 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 3

  • ibglowin Likes this wine: 89 points

    February 5, 2023 - Quite light in color, the aromas exude notes of raspberry, moist earth, juniper berry, blue fruit and tangerine peel. The palate brings a sense of texture and elegance, putting a premium on purity, with lighter-styled fruit flavors. It shows the variety's more graceful side.

  • geexploitation Likes this wine:

    August 29, 2020 - Excellent bottle as usual from this producer. Light on its feet for a big wine. Nice fruit and acidity, with structure and weight toward the heavy side, but achieved without overreliance on wood.

  • Nisid Likes this wine: 91 points

    December 6, 2018 - Nose of candied cherry, cinammon, and ripe pears. Light tannins, good acid. Fairly light body. Really "zippy", almost feels effervescent. Something that I can't quite put my finger on, "honeyed" maybe? Spicy finish. Lighter and more approachable in youth than the 2014.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    The 2016s From Washington State, 4/11/2019 (link)

    (Kerloo Cellars Grenache Upland Red) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Focus on Washington: The New Normal (Nov 2018), 11/1/2018 (link)

    (Kerloo Cellars Grenache Upland Vineyard Washington Red) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By James Suckling
    3/17/2018 (link)

    (Kerloo Cellars Grenache Snipes Mountain Upland, United States) Subscribe to see review text.

Full Pull

  • By Paul Zitarelli
    Full Pull Three Shades of Grenache, 5/25/2018

    (Kerloo Grenache Upland Vineyard) Hello friends. Ryan Crane has long been a leading force in the new wave of Washington winemakers, specifically when it comes to Grenache. He’s a high-performing winemaker with a stubborn (in a good way) point of view that translates into a well-defined (and glorious) house style. Today we have three shades of Grenache to put that house style on displayWe’ve long written about Upland vineyard’s propensity for top-notch Grenache—stories told to us by some of our favorite wineries, like Kerloo, Betz, Idilico, Latta. It wasn’t until earlier this month that team Full Pull actually got to visit Upland on Snipes Mountain and see what all the fuss is about. The striking mountain, planted with over 700 acres of vines, boasts riverbed cobblestones brought up to 1300 feet on an anticline ridge. These stones give finicky Grenache what it loves at an elevation that doesn’t freeze. Driving up the winding dirt roads of the vineyard behind manager Todd Newhouse, it was astonishingly clear why the best of Washington’s winemakers sources grapes from this magical place. Ryan’s Upland Grenache is fermented 50% whole cluster with native yeasts taken from Snipes Mountain. It was then aged entirely in concrete. I’ve always found that Upland’s grapes help evoke a sense of place—in Ryan’s take, it’s a lavender field and you’re holding fistfulls of crushed bramble berries in the warm sun. Succulent raspberry and blackberry thickets, fields of purple petals, dusty old riverbeds, and flowering bunches of wild sarsaparilla. The palate is lifted with vivid acidity and minerality, winding through all the berry goodness of the nose and plenty of green, savory subtleties on its 14.1% alcohol frame. A touchstone of Kerloo’s house style—and a mighty fine bottle as we move into the season of roadside fruit stands and grilled meats.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Kerloo Cellars
  • Varietal Grenache
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Upland Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 53 (47%)
  • Consumed 60 (53%)

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