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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

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2006 d’Arenberg Sticks and Stones

Australian winery, d’Arenberg, has been producing wines in the McLaren Vale region for a long time and uses vines that are well over 100 years old. For many Aussies, they are a go-to brand that have and should continue to offer quality wines for generations.

One of its higher-end wines is the Sticks and Stones blend that incorporates Tempranillo, Grenache and two grapes I’m sure a lot of folks haven’t heard of – Tintacao and Souzao – both of which are Portuguese varietals.

  • Varietal Composition: Tempranillo 45%, Grenache 38%, Tinta Cao 10% & Souzao 7%
  • TA: 6.9g/L
  • pH: 3.44
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Fermentation: Cultivated yeast fermentation in cement and stainless steel vessels
  • Oak Maturation: 10 to 12 months in French and American oak
  • Price: $40

Nose: The smell of high-school pottery class while eating a handful of raspberries, gooseberries and cherries.

Taste: Tart rhubarb that’s been dusted with red dirt and modeling clay. The mid palate does have some of the nice red fruits I picked up in the smell, however, the finish on this wine is very jacked up for me – not feeling it at all. Yeah, hot finish, very bitter and too short – I’d avoid this wine like the plague right now. Sticks and Stones may only break bones but this finish is gonna kill me.

W.E.P Rating: 20%

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2006 Grandes Vinos Vinedos Besame Kiss Me

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I’m a huge sucker for great wine values so you’d have to be here to really grasp the look on my face after tasting this latest $10 gem of a bottle. All the way from Spain, comes the Grandes Vinos Besamse “Old Vine” Granacha which almost literally blew me away.

Granacha is a grape which, unfortunatley, doesn’t get as much play as it should in the USA – especially here in Washington State. I can tell you, however, that it is a grape everyone should pay more attention to and clearly one you need to seek out and try.

It’s said to be a strong grape which has a thin skin and has very little pigment – it does do well in extreme heat and is Spains most planted grape variety.

Our friends at American Northwest Distributors got a deal on this wine as an exclusive which means if you live outside of this state you may have a hard time finding it – I’m going to try and working something out with them, however, to make it widely available.

Technical Data:
Grape Variety: 100% Granacha
Aging Time: 9 months in French Oak
Vine Age: 80yrs old – planted in 1923
Price: $10

Nose: Shoe leather, black cherries and vanilla for days…skittles, blueberries with some edlerberry and babreeze…

Taste: Rose pedals, blueberries and serious cherries..leather belt action rounds out the finish.. long finish – easily one of the best $10 bottles i’ve ever had.

Overall Summary:
I really love this wine – I can’t recall the last time I had a wine anywhere near its pricepoint take me on the tasteful journy my tastebuds went on with this wine. I’m feelin’ it, loving it and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. It’s well structured, balanced and will do all sorts of favors to well-seasond and hearty foods – drink now through 2011.

-Duane Pemberton

W.E.P. Scale Rating: 150%

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