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2011 No Girls Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard

  • 94 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 92 IWC
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SKU: 392639-2011-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Sensationally complex and subtle, with spicy, savory and smoky nuances around a core of pure currant and plum fruit. The aftertaste reveals a bitter radish bite, but the overall effect is warm, deft and inviting.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
    Issue: Aug 31, 2015
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    The 2011 Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard is 100% Grenache that was harvested on October 23 and aged 22 months in neutral puncheons. Elegant and finesse driven, with a sweet bouquet of wild strawberries, mint, game, rose petal and dried flowers, it is medium to full-bodied, seamless and silky on the palate, with no hard edges. Already delicious, it will drink beautifully over the coming decade or more.
    Drink Dates: 2014 - 2024
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue: 213
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    (13.8% alcohol; made entirely in neutral puncheons; a project involving Cayuse's Christophe Baron and several of his employees; Baron's assistant winemaker Elizabeth Bourcier has essentially assumed winemaking responsibilities for the No Girls wines): Good medium red. Musky strawberry, raspberry, black truffle and black pepper on the nose; a bit higher-pitched than the God Only Knows Grenache Christophe Baron also makes under his Cayuse label. Concentrated and saline, offering piquant peppery lift to the extremely primary red berry flavors. Sharply delineated, very elegant Grenache made without any new oak. Less rich than the God Only Knows (these vines, mostly from Alban clones, were planted between 2003 and 2005) but with more early punch. Finishes firm and smoky, with savory tannins and excellent verve. Baron recommends serving this wine with white meats or with Asian-style hardshell crab. The La Paciencia Vineyard is located just north of the very stony, high-density Armada Vineyard. The only significant difference between the two parcels is that the rows in La Paciencia are angled differently and get less direct sunlight.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: Dec 2014
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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

    • 49 bottles owned
    • 19 collectors