Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Grenache (aka: Garnacha)
Celebrate International Grenache Day on the 3rd Friday in September
Vinous / Antonio Galloni: "Bright medium red. Slightly candied cherry and raspberry fruit aromas are lifted by hints of licorice, pepper and spices. Rich and tactile on the palate, showing good depth of flavor for Washington Grenache. Concentrated dark cherry and spice flavors display noteworthy energy and peppery lift. Not especially complex but fully ripe, finishing with dusty tannins and good length. I suspect the alcohol will put a lid on the wine's clarity and nuance in the early days but the dusty tannins should keep it going for at least a few years. Not at all short. Still, I prefer Greg Harrington's Village Idiot Mourvèdre for its definition and energy." 90 Pts.
Wine Enthusiast: "Light in color, this wine brings initially reserved aromas of raspberry, herb and mineral, along with a light earthiness. The palate is broad and quite pure in style. It shows more flesh than the winery is typically known for but still has no shortage of elegance and balance." 91 Pts
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: "The 2014 The Third Man is a ripe, sexy blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Carignan and 5% Mourvèdre that’s from the Alder Ridge, Olsen and Forgotten Hills vineyards. Herbes des Provence, kirsch liqueur, black cherries, leather and pepper all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, nicely balanced, seamless Grenache that will dish out tons of pleasure right out of the gate. It will have a decade or more of longevity." 94 Pts.
About the Producer
Walla Walla, Washington, United States