Wow—now this is a seductive Grenache! The 2016 Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard has power and elegance with dark red chewy fruit that has an underlying dustiness to the core. The nose reveals a sleeping giant with a multitude of expressions ready at a moment's notice. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, the wine is eerily soft but jam-packed with dusty sweet strawberries, raspberries wrapped in red flower petals and a smoky flavor that fades in and out throughout the mid-palate. It brings immense pleasure—it acts like a big Grenache yet is reigned in and governed by its 13.4% alcohol. The wine is sumptuous, plush and mineral-driven, lingering long on the finish with a hint of reduction and secondary flavors of soft, worn leather, black tea and black spice. This is an impressive Grenache. I think I am entirely smitten. 243 cases produced. (AM)
Distinctive, yet well-knit and sleek, with boldly expressive cherry and blueberry flavors, accented by black olive, bacon fat and crushed stone. (HS)
Medium red with an unfiltered appearance. Musky scents of raspberry, cherry, dried herbs, flowers and minerals accented by pink peppercorn and spices. A distinctly savory Grenache with a good core of blueberry fruit along with a saline musky, meaty quality. Today this wine stands out more for its smooth texture than for its clarity of flavor but it will need time to open. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins. (this 2008 planting next to Paciencia and Armada vineyards features 3 foot by 3 foot spacing and is worked with a draft horse; the crop level was around a ton per acre in 2016, according to Elizabeth Bourcier, who also noted that these vines ripen a little later as there's more shading of the fruit; vinified with about 75% whole clusters and aged in neutral oak demi-muids)
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