Larner Vineyard, Grenache, 2013 ($70)
Smoky potpourri, white pepper, and violet fragrances mark the nose of this Larner Vineyard Grenache. The mouthfeel is seamless, even as it moves from earthy notes of sage and pine sap at the attack to juicy dark red tones of redcurrant and flambĂ©ed cherries towards the finish. It lingers long on the palate with fruit-forward tannins that continue to evolve.
Jeb Dunnuck, WA: “…the 2013 Grenache Lumiere Larner Vineyard is just about as pure and elegant as they come.” 93 points
Larner Grenache, 2012
This young but phenomenal and lovingly farmed vineyard source continues to impress. The wine is brightly magenta-colored in the glass, with an enticing depth beyond the surface. The fragrance is an elegant-yet-forward red fruit potpourri, with notes of strawberry, cranberry, and a subtle sweet tobacco strain. The mouth-feel is supremely smooth and silky, with layered notes of bramble fruit and fresh vanilla bean that speak to the perfectly integrated oak.
Larner Grenache, 2011
This is my second vintage of Grenache from this exceptional vineyard. The style is sophisticated and elegant, the color a bright purple. The wine is highly fragrant, with a complex nose of rose and sour cherry emboldened by hints of chocolate and fine Cuban cigar. On the palate, it is fresh and lively, with a velvety texture supported by structured tannins and a long finish. Well-balanced, pleasing, and fine.
Larner Grenache, 2010
This is my inaugural vintage of Grenache. Fortunately, I was able to source from a vineyard which is justly famous for this difficult yet extremely rewarding varietal. Bright, translucent red-cherry color. Fragrant sour-cherry-and-smoked-plum nose with crushed-stone accents. An elegant wine of medium body, layered with red fruit, spicy oak, and “garrigue” nuances. Silky textured, yet well structured and long on the palate, more pinot-esque than syrah-like. Only two barrels made, 50% New French oak, unfiltered.
Ora et Labora
Bien Nacido Vineyard, Grenache, 2013 ($75)
Perfumed aromas of rose petal, macerated strawberries, and cacao bean arise from this richly garnet-colored wine. Lovely, fine tannins grace the palate as notes of ground pepper, dark cherry, and flint accumulate towards a long finish. This is my first Grenache from one of my favorite sites, Bien Nacido Vineyard, and it fully displays the power of that property while retaining the supple elegance of the Grenache grape.
Jeb Dunnuck, WA: “Given its balance and overall purity, it’s a killer drink today, but it will evolve beautifully.” 95 points
Paderewski Grenache, 2012
My first vintage from the legendary and inspiring Paderewski Vineyard, planted by the great Polish-American pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Aromatically complex, with notes of wet soil, Christmas pine, and dried lavender. Restrained red fruit joins spice on the expansive palate, revealing notes of pomegranate and maraschino cherry, backed by an elegant tannic structure. A wine of great pleasure and precision from a one-of-a-kind site.
Santa Barbara County, Syrah/Grenache, 2013 ($90)
Premium Santa Barbara County Syrah and Grenache fruit contribute to this refined, deep magenta blend with a striking aromatic profile of cedar box, sweet smoke, and forest berries. Cherry compote, pomegranate seed, and framboise notes are perfectly integrated with the hearty tannin and fine acid line that sings along the palate. The finish leaves the taste buds bristling with an abundance of black pepper and chocolate coffee bean flavors.
Jeb Dunnuck, WA: â€śLoaded with smoky dark fruits, peppered meats, graphite, roasted herbs and some marine-like minerality, it’s medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a light attack, yet picks up steam on the mid-palate and shows terrific length through the finish.â€ť 94 points
The Last Kiss
Dessert Red, Syrah/Grenache, 2012 ($85 / 500ml)
At once refreshing and sweet, with aromas of dried fig, ripe raspberry, and melted chocolate. The tannins are robust and juicy, the alcohol is well-integrated, and the finish leaves the palate overwhelmed with textural bliss. Pairs strikingly with dark chocolate desserts, aged cheeses, or, in true vino da meditazione form, simply with your thoughts
Jeb Dunnuck, WA: “It has a lovely, perfumed bouquet of creme de cassis, blackberry jam, licorice, chocolate and roasted herbs to go with a medium to full-bodied, elegant and silky feel on the palate.” 90 points.