There are 533 cases of the 2014 Grenache God Only Knows Armada Vineyard, and as always, it's an unknown blend that's dominated by Grenache (reportedly from vine cuttings from Rayas). It's fermented with just about 100% whole clusters in concrete and aged mostly in neutral puncheons and foudre, with one concrete egg. A bigger, richer wine than the No Girls cuvee, this beauty packs a punch in its black cherry, reduced strawberry, herbes de Provence and crushed violet aromas and flavors. With full-bodied richness, a supple, elegant style and fine tannin, this singular beauty will benefit from a year or three of cellaring and keep for 10-15 years. I think the 2014 vintage from Christophe Baron will go down as one of the truly great vintages of the estate. The wines are notably deeper, richer and more concentrated than both the 2013s and 2015s, yet they have fabulous purity and elegance. While the ship has long since sailed with regards to getting on the mailing list, these are singular wines well worth the effort to track down on the secondary market. (JD)
A compelling wine, polished and impeccably built, with expressive raspberry and bacon fat aromas and layered smoky plum, olive and stony mineral flavors that build momentum toward refined tannins. Grenache and other red varieties. Drink now through 2024. (TF)
(13.5% alcohol; not 100% Grenache as this selection originally from Château Rayas, planted in 2001, includes some white grapes; raised in old demi-muids from René Rostaing): Bright medium red, with the beginning of amber at the edge. Fascinating aromas of raspberry, truffle, rose petal, smoked meat, pepper and olive tapenade: I would never have guessed New World. Dry and firm in the middle palate, offering flavors of raspberry, peony, jasmine, orange peel, olive tapenade, smoked meat and spices, plus a whiff of ponzu sauce. This wine should be wonderfully food-friendly and flexible at the dinner table (Baron recommends pairing it with king salmon with tarragon mayonnaise). Finishes with excellent length. Baron notes that at yields above 1.5 tons per acre, Grenache in Washington tends to have a hole in the middle. Not this one, though! Finishes juicy and long, with very suave tannins. (ST)
Mostly Grenache, the aromas are vibrant, with notes of orange peel, stem, funk, smoked meat, white pepper, herb and crushed flower. It's light on its feet with abundant raspberry and earth flavors that draw out on the finish. (SS)
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