2007 Alexandria Nicole Grenache – Review

Grenache is an up and coming player in the Washington wine scene and for good reason – the climate here is nearly ideal for it. Horse Heaven Hills-based Alexandira Nicole is a successful winery that has built-up a nice reputation for itself as producing good quality wines by a winemaker who still has the passion and burn to do it right.

Technical Data:

  • 100% Destiny Ridge Vineyard, 92% Grenache, 05% Syrah (Sara lee clone), 03% Counoise Horse Heaven Hills AVA
  • Only 171 cases produced
  • Fermentation: Aged in 40% new
  • French oak and 60% 1year old
  • French for 18 months
  • pH: 3.65
  • TA: .62 g/100mL
  • RS: .02g/100mL
  • Alcohol: 14.3% vol.
  • $32/ 750ml. bottle

Nose: Black peppercorns, cranberries, red pepper flake, shoe polish and fresly tanned leather.

Taste: Cedar shavings, cranberry, raspberry and a hint of elderberry hit me right off the bat. Solid mid-palate “feel” that really does a nice job bring out the peppered cranberry component and a hint of beef jerky. Good, lingering finish that sorta hangs out a bit uncomfortingly long – you know – sorta like that annoying neighbor that doens’t know when it’s time to go? But in this case, it’s a good thing.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%

On the web: http://www.alexandrianicolecellars.com