A friend of ours has called Grenache “Washington’s Pinot Noir” for years. We’d tend to agree. It’s a finicky, late-ripening variety that, when well-sited, manages to capture Pinot’s sense of freshness and elegance but with a bit more depth and a sexy, satin texture that’s irresistible. Ours are the oldest vines in the state, coming from the first Grenache planted at Upland Vineyard in the early-70’s. Superlative and full of distinct character, the site is a marvelous standard-bearer for what the grape is capable of in Washington.
The 2017 Old Vine Grenache has a lovely, almost translucent, ruby hue. Inviting and expressive aromas of rose petal, violets and red fruits fill the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, silky and lush with a seamless blend of raspberry liqueur and saline notes of white pepper and fresh spice. The finish ends with deep minerality, sea salt and dried raspberries. Rocking texture throughout, it’s a pleasure to drink now.