2010 aMaurice Cellars Grenache Boushey Vineyard

Hello friends. Part of succeeding in the wine trade is simply sticking around. As Full Pull has gotten older, we have developed long-term relationships with many of our winery partners. Our list’s support of their wines, year in and year out, makes winemakers happy. And happy winemakers tend to offer our list members interesting/hard-to-source/exclusive wines. Which makes our list members happy, which increases the support for those wineries. And so on and so on, round and round.

It’s self-reinforcing; a virtuous cycle.

Today is a fine example. I met with Anna Schafer last week to taste through her new 2010s for aMaurice. It was a dazzling lineup: a high-water mark for the winery. I’m sure we’ll explore many of the aMaurice 2010s, but for today, we’re just going to focus on one: an exclusive for Full Pull list members.

To date, this wine has only been sold direct through the winery door. No other retail placements, and not even a spot on a restaurant list. That may not last forever, but for now, we have dibs, and Anna only produced 100 cases of this, so it may only ever end up being offered through the winery and through Full Pull.

The pedigree is as good as it gets in Washington. Let’s start with the grower. Dick Boushey is an iconic vineyard manager, and winemakers scramble over one another trying to get to his fruit. Syrahs from his vineyards are legendary, and the new rising star is Grenache. Many of our list members have gone gaga over Grenache bottlings from Boushey like Maison Bleue’s Le Midi. Now we can add another stellar bottle to the small-but-burgeoning list of gorgeous Boushey Grenache.

Anna set aside four barrels of Boushey Grenache, all neutral. It’s the vineyard and the fruit that are on display here, and are they ever. There’s a core of plum and red raspberry fruit here, mingling with a piercing garrigue note, evocative of sunny slopes and broken sagebrush. Anna is developing a reputation for texture, and this is a good example of why. It’s rich, soft, super-silky, the plush tannins combed to a fine sheen. This stains the palate with its generous mix of red fruit, grilled herbs, and insistent hot-rock minerality. A fine example of why Boushey Grenache is developing a reputation to mirror Boushey Syrah.

Few have even tasted this bottle, but Sean Sullivan did, and he was kind enough to share a pre-publication review. Look for this soon on Washington Wine Report:

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “($38); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ***** (Exceptional).”

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. 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.

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