Reminding me of a hypothetical mix of blood and herbs (blood sausage?), with notes of earth, mushrooms, rose petal and strawberries, the 2014 Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard is full-bodied, exotic and seamless, with building tannin and a gorgeous saltiness on the finish. Like these latest 2014s, it opens up with time in the glass, has a layered, elegant and incredibly long finish, and perfectly polished tannin. It's not Rayas, it's not Chateauneuf du Pape, it's an incredible, singular wine that stands on its own. (JD)
The aromas explode with notes of potpourri, olive, smoked meat, fire pit, orange peel, mineral, mushroom, garrigue and white pepper. The palate is lifted, bright but intensely flavored, loaded with flower, berry, olive and charcuterie flavors. The finish seems near endless and the sense of balance is exquisite. It's shockingly good. (SS)
Dark red with an unfiltered appearance. Kaleidoscopic, rather wild aromas of mountain strawberry, dried raspberry, dried flowers, Sen-Sen, tobacco, porcini, leather, pepper, smoked meat, truffle and flinty minerals; the extraordinary aromatic complexity here has got to be at least partly due to the high density of plantation. Fresh and firm in the mouth, showing less primary fruit but more Old World salinity and exotic floral lift than the nose suggests. Excellent tension here from the close planting. Carrying obvious CO2, as this wine will only be racked for the bottling. This very tight-grained Grenache finishes with a hint of positive bitterness. Christophe Baron routinely carries out a 20% saignée and vinifies this wine with 100% whole clusters. Denser than the 2013 release but with a subtler floral character. Splendid Washington Grenache. (ST)
Expressive and distinctive, with smoky meat, raspberry and garrigue aromas and gracefully complex cherry, olive and crushed stone flavors that linger toward refined tannins. (TF)
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