Hello friends. I just got confirmation that this wine has landed in Seattle and am turning this around as quickly as possible. I have set some aside, but the truth is, I have no idea how much interest there will be, as we’ve never offered Grenache at a tariff this low.
In the interest of speed, I’m going to borrow language from our most recent Renegade offering to explain what this project, from Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars, is all about:
A winery is sitting on barrels of wine that it doesn’t want to release under its own label. In our current financial climate, there are a myriad of reasons why this could be the case. Regardless, Trey purchases the barrels, bottles the wine under his Renegade label, and sometimes signs a non-disclosure agreement regarding the source of the juice.
In this case, here’s what we know: the wine comes from a vineyard in “the rocks” section of the Walla Walla Valley. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s not Cayuse Vineyards. Otherwise, there are a number of possibilities, as new vineyards are popping up in that area all the time. CellarTracker sleuths might be able to narrow it down, but it’s going to be a challenge. We also know that production level is miniscule (just 72 cases); that this saw no new oak; that it’s low-alc (13.3%); and that it’s priced at a level rarely seen for this varietal in Washington.
Better yet, it tastes great. The aromas are very much Grenache: the holy trinity of red fruit, white pepper, and underbrush (garrigue for you Francophiles). On the palate, vibrancy is the watchword here, as this has real verve and energy in the mouth, carrying flavors of strawberry pastille and red licorice. Grenache can be a real chameleon. We have had plenty of offerings lately for big, rich versions of the grape. This, instead, is Grenache treated like Pinot, with all the delicacy and beauty contained therein. An absolute slam dunk for the Thanksgiving table, and easily one of the most exciting sub-$15 wines I have tasted this year.
Please limit order requests to 8 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. These are almost certain not to be available for reorder. The wines should arrive in about a week, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the autumn shipping window.