Two from Bunchgrass

Hello friends. We’ve been calling the wines of Bunchgrass Winery “insider gems” for so long, I didn’t know what to do when I saw positive reviews in recent issues of Wine Spectator. So much for that moniker.

It’s ultimately great news for our friends at Bunchgrass, even if it might mean more competitive allocations going forward. After those reviews, we’ve had a spike in interest in the winery, so today we have reorder opportunities for two of the (formerly hidden, now exposed) gems of the lineup:

2009 Bunchgrass Triolet (BDX Blend) Walla Walla Valley

Originally offered on December 6, 2012. Original notes:

This is nearly a single vineyard wine, with all of the Cabernet Sauvignon (67%) and Cabernet Franc (27%) coming from Dwelley Vineyard, an under-the-radar site planted in 1999 in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. The remainder (6% Petit Verdot) comes from Frazier Bluff.

It’s thrilling to explore these lesser-known corners of the Walla Walla Valley. Finding what is essentially a single-vineyard BDX blend from the WWV, at this tariff, is extremely rare. Despite making up only a quarter of the blend, it’s the Cabernet Franc that comes through on the nose, with its signature savory/earthy character, all framing a core of pure blueberry fruit. The mouthfeel is superb. There’s just no dip as this wine stains the entire palate with blue fruit and dark-roast coffee and blood-orange acids. The tannins are perfectly-managed. The whole package is a textural marvel, with loads of fruit character and richness. It’s classy, classy juice at this tariff.

Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “($28); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 91pts.”

2007 Bunchgrass Syrah Lewis Vineyard

Originally offered on January 14, 2013. Original notes:

If only more wineries could hold their Syrahs this long! For my palate, many Washington Syrahs enter a glorious drinking period at about five or six years past vintage, and that’s exactly where this one is. There is a wild, brambly character emerging on the nose, which presents an attractive mix of red raspberry, Dr. Pepper spice, and shiso leaf. The palate seems to be entering a wonderful phase where there is fine balance between rich, softening red fruit and emerging notes of earth and dust and bramble. The chewiness that I noted two years ago has calmed down considerably, now offering a kiss of citrus-tea tannin on the lingering finish. Killer wine.

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “($28); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: **** (Excellent).”

Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “($28); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 91pts.”

First come first served up to 24 bottles (mix and match as you like), and the wine should arrive at the warehouse in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

Oh, and you didn’t think we’d get through an entire Bunchgrass offering without a Robert Sund poem, did you? (See our most recent Bunchgrass offering for an explanation). Note: This is shared with permission from the Robert Sund Poet’s House Trust.

— Robert Sund

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