The medium ruby colored 2013 Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard offers lots of savoriness in its red and black fruits, herbes de Provence, cured meats, and dried violet aromas and flavors. Concentrated, medium to full-bodied and layered, with rock star length, it should be at its best from 2019-2029. 95+ (JD)
(this organically farmed vineyard is the densest in Walla Walla Valley, with a vine spacing of three feet by three feet; all of the work is done by horse): Healthy medium red. Wild, resiny scents of blackberry, licorice, rose petal, peony and wisteria. Christophe Baron told me that it takes three plants to make a bottle of this wine; in fact, he carried out a saignée here despite starting with a crop level of just 15 hectoliters per hectare. Wonderfully sweet and silky on the palate, with fascinating iodiney minerality adding another dimension to the raspberry and spice flavors. A highly distinctive and extremely complex American Grenache. The iron-rich soil here features pebbles rather than larger stones. (ST)
*Editors' Choice* The aromas are intense, with notes of embers, stargazer lilies, funk, wet stone and black pepper. The palate dances gracefully, putting a premium on texture along, with generous amounts of savory flavors that persist on the long finish. (SS)
Deep and expressive, offering rose petal-accented cherry, blackberry, roasted lamb and black olive flavors that float over a richly textured, open-weave structure. Finishes long and vibrant. (HS)
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