Sparkman Wonderland Grenache 2015
Ah, sweet madness. Wonderland Grenache is kinda crazy: three very different blocks in three very different vineyards, all fermented with a third whole cluster, which deliver ripe aromas and flavors of anise, black olive tapenade, citrus rind peel, raspberry, mushroom and cinnamon. So good now and poised for even more insanely delicious complexity to open over time.
Blend: 88% Grenache, 12% Syrah
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As the first recognized wine-growing region in the Pacific Northwest, Yakima Valley is centrally located within Washington’s vast Columbia Valley. The region also includes Washington’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines, Otis Vineyard, planted in 1957, and Harrison Hill Vineyard, planted in 1963. Yakima Valley contains three smaller sub-regions: Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, and Snipes Mountain and is ideal for both red and white wine production. In fact, Yakima Valley is Washington’s most diverse region, boasting more than 40 different grape varieties over about one hundred miles.
But its warmer locations yield a large proportion of Washington’s best Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The finest Yakima Valley reds are jam-packed full of red cherry, currant, raspberry or blackberry fruit, as well as cocoa, herb, spice and savory notes, and exhibit a supple texture, great body, focus and length.