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 cuvée, 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. Drink through 2032. (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)
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)
The Grenache part of this 2.8ha vineyard is planted with cuttings from Château Rayas, so the blend includes some other 'God only knows' unknown white grapes. Lush and layered, it has a texture that’s positively sexy yet elegant at the same time. What stands out is the incredibly complex bouquet of olives, truffles, minerals, rose petals and much more. (EM)
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