2010 Cayuse "God Only Knows" Walla Walla Valley Grenache
Intensely fruity on the nose, with spicy flavors that follow and expand across the palate. This has excellent grip and depth, along with balancing acidity and structure. Plum, kirsch and concentrated cherry flavors pop out. It’s a wine of refined power.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The almost all Grenache 2010 God Only Knows (named as such because the full blend is unknown, or so we’re told) is a complex, elegant version of this wine, with a Rayas-like perfume of kirsch, white pepper, stem, herbes de Provence and a gamey meatiness that comes out with air. Medium to full-bodied, silky and seamless on the palate, with juicy acidity, polished tannin and a light, clean texture, it lacks the back-end concentration of a top vintage, yet possesses brilliant purity and balance. It will benefit from short-term cellaring and impress for upwards of a decade. Drink 2015-2020. 93+ (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium red. Knockout aromas of musky raspberry, black olive, smoke, leather and brown sugar, lifted by an ineffable floral topnote. All silky texture and perfume in the mouth, showing brisk peppery lift to the flavors of raspberry and gunflint. The long, building finish boasts very suave tannins and lovely retention of fresh fruit. This wine reminded me of a Chateauneuf du Pape from Domaine de Marcoux.
Supple, silky and expressive, offering black and green olive accents to the lively rose-infused rhubarb flavors. This has grace and charm. Drink now through 2018.