2013 Tenet Columbia Valley GSM
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
he real superstar in the lineup is the 2013 Tenet GSM, which checks in as a mix of 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre that spent 12 months in neutral French oak. Ripe, voluptuous and thrillingly textured, this beauty boasts fabulous aromatics of red and black raspberries, melted licorice, pepper and assorted floral characteristics. These all come together nicely on the palate where the wine is full-bodied, has no hard edges, a big, layered mid-palate and blockbuster length. Count me impressed. This Chateauneuf du Pape look-alike will have a decade or more of longevity.
A blend of 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre, all aged in neutral oak, this wine impresses with alluring aromas of ripe strawberry, clove, blueberry, coffee and spice. Flavors are rich and palate-coating while displaying balance and finesse, with a finish that lingers.
Focused and powerful, without extra weight, this offers a lithe and agile mouthful of blackberry, black cherry and licorice flavors, along with hints of black olive and smoky grilled pepper. A swarm of crunchy tannins wraps up the finish. This has presence and grace to match the power. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2017 through 2023. 968 cases made. –HS
(15.5% alcohol; 3.89 pH; a blend of 11 small lots): Full medium ruby. Superb lavender and violet lift to the slightly jammy aromas of blueberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and Szechuan peppercorn, with an exotic orange zest high note providing another high note. At once plush and wonderfully aromatic in the mouth (the clones came from Tablas Creek), showing a very fine-grained texture and noteworthy energy. The black raspberry, blueberry and clove flavors are complicated by a hint of saddle leather. Finishes with substantial but thoroughly ripe tannins and terrific subtle persistence and lift. This project is a joint venture between Chateau Ste. Michelle (featuring head winemaker Bob Bertheau) and the Rhône Valley winemaker Michel Gassier and consulting enologist Philippe Cambie.F635