Wine Advocate | Rating: 92The 2009 No Girls Grenache fermented in concrete and was matured in demi-muids. Intriguing hints of cinnamon, mint and birch beer add accents to ripe, lightly-cooked strawberry in the nose, as well as on a polished, glycerol-rich yet buoyant palate. The impression is soothing and expansive up to a point, its fine tannins almost unnoticeable; then it's as though one has crunched down to the strawberry seeds and taken a sharper hit of mint and cinnamon as well as white pepper and toasted nuts, causing the wine to deliver a delightful, energetic ping as part of a long, infectiously juicy finish. Baron says he managed the canopy to keep the fruit relatively shaded or he would not have been able to retain such liveliness and primary juiciness in 2009's growing season. I'd look for at least 4-5 years of satisfying bottle evolution.Author: David Schildknecht
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91Good full red. Wild aromas of raspberry coulis, smoked meat and garrigue , plus a whiff of fresh blood; almost syrah-like in its animal charater. Wonderfully sweet and seamless but distinctly wild, with a hint of black olive adding interest to the dark raspberry, mocha, game and mineral flavors. Finishes with very suave tannins and a distinctly salty quality. This new project represents a joint venture between Christophe Baron and Trevor Dorland, owner/winemaker and general managers at Cayuse Vineyards. The vines were planted during the 2003-2005 period behind Cayuse's Armada vineyard, at a dense 6 x 4 feet, using rootstock from Alban and Chateau Rayas (the latter via Beaux Freres in Oregon). The vines here are planted at a different angle than those of Cayuse, and as there's less heat and sun at midday, the fruit ripens later and at lower Brix levels.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: November/December 2012
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95Open-textured and expressive, dripping with licorice and black olive overtones to the dark berry fruit, coming together seamlessly on the gloriously expressive finish.Author: Harvey Steiman
In a state most often associated with rain and apples, vineyards occupy more land each year. Nearly all of this vineyard expansion has taken place in the eastern part of the state, where arid, almost desert-like conditions prevail. Winters are harsh and frost is always a threat, but such conditions, along with sandy soils, have allowed most Washington vines to grow on their own rootstocks—a rarity among wine regions throughout the world.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 51 bottles owned
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