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2010 No Girls - Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard

UNITED STATES / WASHINGTON / WALLA WALLA
  • 94 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Grenache
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SKU: 392639-2010-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    (from a crop level of just 1.2 tons per acre, according to winemaker Christophe Baron; no new oak): Moderately saturated medium red. Saline, Old World aromas of framboise , smoked meat, gunflint and black olive. Silky, sappy and distinctly dry, with rather delicate, salty, understated flavors of dried flowers, smoke and minerals. This wine is meant to be more about perfume than fruit but I still would like to have seen a bit more sweetness.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2013
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Broad and spicy, with tangy acidity to balance the ripe strawberry, cherry and mulberry flavors, picking up licorice and black olive notes as the finish lingers. A bit hot in the end, but charming.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Showing the house style, which is generally more finesse driven than the wines of Cayuse, the 2010 Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard is a gorgeously complex, elegant effort that has both richness and freshness. A 100% Grenache that sees no new oak whatsoever, it possesses exotic aromas and flavors of lavender, olive, river rock and spiced meats that are all grounded by a sweet core of black cherry-like fruit. Medium to full-bodied, transparent and supple, with a deft, seamless texture, juicy acidity and outstanding length, this beautifully done 2010 will drink well for 7-8 years. Drink now-2020.
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  • 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. 

    Grenache is a thick-skinned, late-ripening variety that requires a warm or hot climate to grow. Its tolerance for drought conditions make it an ideal match for the water-starved regions of Spain, the Southern Rhône, and Australia. It is rarely made as a varietal wine, and usually produces full-bodied blends that are high in alcohol and low in acidity with soft tannins and aromas of cherry, rhubarb, raspberry, cinnamon, tobacco, and thyme. These wines are typically matured in large old oak vessels so as not to overwhelm the delicate fruit flavors of Grenache.

    Grenache is the most widely planted variety in the Southern Rhône, and the best-quality blends come from Châteauneuf-du-Pape where the wines are full-bodied with rich texture and concentrated spicy red fruit. Look to producers such as Château de Beaucastel, Clos des Papes, or Domaine du Pegau for the best expressions of these wines.

    In Spain, this variety is referred to as “Garnacha” and is an important blending partner of Carignan in the region of Priorat, where low-yielding old vines enable the production of intense, complex, full-bodied, wines with high tannin, fresh black fruit, and toasty oak. It is also an important contribution to blends in Rioja, where it contributes perfume, body, and alcohol to Tempranillo. Vega Sicilia and Bodegas R. Lopez de Heredia create some of the best expressions of these Spanish styles.

    In the New World, high-quality Grenache-based blends are found in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale regions of Australia, where old bush vines yield low volumes of highly concentrated grapes. Wines from top-quality producers such as Torbreck are robust, with intense flavors of ripe red berry and peppery spice. California producers such as Sine Qua Non are also making world-renowned wines from Grenache.

    Grenache’s spice-forward flavor profile makes it a great pairing option for spiced and herb-heavy dishes, including roasted and spiced vegetables, braised pork, turkey breast, and a range of ethnic foods. However, it is important to note that the high alcohol in Grenache can magnify the heat of piquant dishes, and vice versa. 

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 61 bottles owned
    • 22 collectors