2013 Horsepower "Sur Echalas Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Grenache (Previously $175)

SKU #1249304 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The medium ruby colored 2013 Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard offers lots of savoriness in its red and black fruits, herbes de Provence, cured meats, and dried violet aromas and flavors. Concentrated, medium to full-bodied and layered, with rock star length, it should be at its best from 2019-2029. (JD) 95+  (6/2016)

94 points Vinous

 (this organically farmed vineyard is the densest in Walla Walla Valley, with a vine spacing of three feet by three feet; all of the work is done by horse): Healthy medium red. Wild, resiny scents of blackberry, licorice, rose petal, peony and wisteria. Christophe Baron told me that it takes three plants to make a bottle of this wine; in fact, he carried out a saignée here despite starting with a crop level of just 15 hectoliters per hectare. Wonderfully sweet and silky on the palate, with fascinating iodiney minerality adding another dimension to the raspberry and spice flavors. A highly distinctive and extremely complex American Grenache. The iron-rich soil here features pebbles rather than larger stones. (ST)  (11/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 The aromas are intense, with notes of embers, stargazer lilies, funk, wet stone and black pepper. The palate dances gracefully, putting a premium on texture along, with generous amounts of savory flavors that persist on the long finish. *Editors' Choice* (SPS)  (12/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Deep and expressive, offering rose petal-accented cherry, blackberry, roasted lamb and black olive flavors that float over a richly textured, open-weave structure. Finishes long and vibrant. (HS)  (9/2016)

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.