Appellation: Columbia Valley
Grenache remains one of the more fascinating grapes in the Pacific Northwest, and this red that’s native to the Rhône Valley in southern France is one of the few varieties in Washington state that grew in production during the 2019 vintage. Morgan Lee, a graduate of Purdue University, is one of Woodinville’s top talents with Syrah, so it makes sense that he shows a deft touch with Grenache, too. Peppery spice and a wealth of fruit lend character to this release. There is a sense of hedonism to the structure, which is balanced by approachable tannins and acidity. Look for plum preserves, blackberries and vanilla bean in this enjoyable red wine. It earned a rare unanimous vote for gold — a double gold medal — and cruised to the best-of-class award at the 2019 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, a judging staged at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore., on behalf of some of the region’s top wine buyers.
Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine (15.2% alc.)
Cases produced: 335
Food pairings: Enjoy with barbecued meat, poultry, stews, grilled tuna, Cajun-inspired fare, baked beans, soft cheeses and roasted vegetables.
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8572 142nd Ave. NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
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