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2013 Cayuse - Grenache God Only Knows

UNITED STATES / WASHINGTON / WALLA WALLA
  • 94 WA
  • 92 WS
  • Variety
    Grenache
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SKU: 241485-2013
  • Vinous | Rating: 93

    (13.6% alcohol): Moderately saturated bright red. The sexy high-toned scents of cherry liqueur, rose petal, flint, olive tapenade, hot rocks and spices reminded me a bit of a warm-year Chateauneuf du Pape, which is a neat trick considering that the latter wine would probably be carrying two degrees more of alcohol. Boasts terrific inner-mouth lift and purity to its broad, seamless flavors of cherry, raspberry, peony, jasmine, orange peel, olive tapenade and spices complicated by smoky, salty minerality. The seriously saline finish shows fine-grained, tongue-dusting tannins and terrific subtle length. One of the most intriguing Grenache bottlings I've tasted to date from the West Coast and likely to merit an even higher score with a few years of bottle aging. No easy sweetness here, but it already offers considerable sex appeal. - Stephen Tanzer
    Drink Dates: 2018-2025
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Grenache seemed to handle the heat nicely in 2013 and the 2013 Grenache God Only Knows Armada Vineyard offers a gorgeous, rich, almost masculine style (especially when it's tasted next to the No Girls Grenache) in its dark fruits, crushed herbs, mineral and leather scented profile. Even showing a touch of game with time in the glass, this beauty has fine tannin, plenty of fruit and a great finish, all suggesting it will drink nicely for another decade.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2026
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Razor-focused but brimming with personality, offering smoky raspberry, black olive and crushed stone notes framed with refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. 505 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2023
    Author: Tim Fish
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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

    • 77 bottles owned
    • 28 collectors