Grenache is one of the most widely planted varietals on the planet. Grown extensively in Southern France, and in Spain, where it is known as Garnacha, it is a large percentage of some of the most sought after wines in the world. It is the dominant variety Chateauneuf-du-Pape where it is typically over 80% of the blend. In the new world wine regions it is grown from Australia to California and Washington, where the varietal loves the hot and dry climate and long growing days. This wine provides a great balance of minerality, fruit, and spice. It is very representative of the greatness this varietal can offer.
BLEND: 100% Grenache
APPELLATION: Snipes Mountain
VINEYARDS: Upland Vineyard
CASES MADE: 181
Grenache pairs wonderfully with many foods. It’s red fruit, and white pepper are accompanied by mineral tones and great acidity. Bottom line you aren’t going to find many foods that don’t pair well with our Robert Ramsay Cellars Grenache. Try it with slow cooked pork, lamb, poultry, or a plethora of cheeses and salad options. French and Mediterranean food almost always shines with Grenache.
The 2013 Grenache is sourced solely from the Upland Vineyard, a truly unique growing site in the Yakima Valley. It is predominantly planted on a steep south facing slope above the Yakima River and farmed over the last four generations by the Newhouse family. The soils are silt and broken basalt and Grenache loves this vineyard. Many of the top Grenache wines made in Washington coming from Upland Vineyard. Robert Ramsay Cellars sources Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Upland Vineyard.
The nose reminiscent of a field of raspberries in summer: fresh, earthy and fruity. A juicy pallet reveals some cranberry to compliment the raspberry, but also constraint. The 2013 Grenache from Snipes Mountain is light and crisp, yet shows the undercurrent on the finish. Get a bottle and see for yourself.