Appellation: Columbia Valley
In recent vintages, this juicy red Rhône grape ranks among the most coveted varieties in Washington, and New Zealand native Richard Batchelor topped the 2017 Platinum Juding field of eight qualifying Grenache bottlings. Art den Hoeds planting in the Yakima Valley was blended with Gunkel Vineyard near the winery at Maryhill, and its remarkably expressive. Wild berries and plums aromas are joined by smoky bacon fat and espresso. On the palate, its red and juicy as currants, dried Montmorency cherry and pomegranate bookend the midpalate of sweet spice cake. It received a rare unanimous Double Platinum. Fortunately, it's one of the Northwest's largest bottlings of Grenache.
Rating: Outstanding! by Wine Press Northwest. (14.8% alc.)
Production: 681 cases
Food pairings: Enjoy with barbecued or braised meats, hearty stews, lentils, mild curries or macaroni and cheese made with Cougar Gold.
Columbia River tasting room, 9774 Highway 14, Goldendale, WA 98620
Kendall Yards tasting room, 1303 W Summit Parkway, Suite 100, Spokane, WA 99201
Maryhill Winery, 9774 Highway 14, Goldendale, 509-773-1976, www.maryhillwinery.com.