Winery website: www.smasnecellars.com
Robert Smasne has made a name for himself in the Northwest for producing wines that show good character, varietal integrity and body. This 2010 “Ancient Stones” blend is no different.
A Rhone-style blend, it is a wine that can easily tame everything from a pot-roast to lamb shank to wild game. A good-drinking wine that shows well now and should improve over the next 5-7 years.
- Vineyard: Upland Vineyard
- AVA: Snipes Mountain
- Varietals: 52% Grenache, 26% Mouvedre, 19% Syrah and 3% Viognier
- 30-percent ferment, on-stem
- Alcohol: 13.9%
- Cooperage: 17 months on 100% French Oak
- Price: $44
On the nose: Gorgeous notes of peppered rhubarb, raspberry, strawberry, toasted peppercorns, allspice, charred kale, tanned leather and a hint of cola.
On the palate: A nearly sublime blend of red berries, cherries, leather and spice. A very complex blend that showcases how good Washington State Rhone-style wines can be. A near-perfect combination of fruit, acid and tannin that all lead into a finish that make your tongue its bitch and demand that you keep swallowing more and more.