Horsepower Sur Echalas Vineyard Grenache 2017
|Region||United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley|
As the oldest son of the centuries-old Champagne house, Baron Albert, Christophe Baron, founder of Horsepower Vineyards, was born into the wine industry. He grew up working on their land in the Marne Valley of the Champagne region of France, which has been in the family since 1677. Baron pioneered the biodynamic farming movement in the Walla Walla Valley in Washington State in 2002, and gained further experience with winemaking for Cayuse Vineyards. To this day, two draft horses named Red and Zeppo, cultivate the three Horsepower vineyards and pay homage to the French vignerons and their farming processes from generations before.
Intensely dark in color with a purple edge, the 2017 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard wafts from the glass with aromas of ripe blackberries and plums compounded by elegant tones of smoked strawberry and black cherry, followed by a spicy and mineral edge. Elements of hung meat and black pepper flutter effortlessly with perfumed resinous purple flowers. Like a welterweight champ, the wine is medium-bodied and chock-full of dark berry tones, with a velvety texture and harmoniously generous expression that packs a serious punch with a smaller frame. The mid-palate explodes with power and finesse, revealing layers of complexity, a rich mouthfeel and energetic acidity that frames the supporting tannins. The wine slides into a long-winding finish that continues to evolve for more than a minute after the wine has left the palate. Currently, production stands at 300 cases and is nothing short of impressive. If you can find it, buy it!