Cayuse God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache 2019
|United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley
The 2019 Grenache God Only Knows is another gorgeous example of this wine that has a style all its own. Revealing a translucent ruby hue as well as a kaleidoscope-like bouquet of ripe cherries, blackberries, forest floor, spring flowers, and charcoal, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, a silky, seamless mouthfeel, perfect balance, and a great finish. This exotic, perfumed Grenache is a hypothetical mix of a Grand Cru from the Côte de Nuits and a 100% Grenache Châteauneuf from sandy soils. It should cruise in the cellar for 10-15 years.
The 2019 Red Wine God Only Knows is composed primarily from Grenache and is refined for 21 months in neutral French demi-muids and foudre. There’s an almost-herbal-tea-like quality to the nose, distinctly savory yet spicy, with dusty floral tones and hints of olive offset by a spritz of citrus. This washes across the palate with ease, supple yet pure in style, with a balanced inner sweetness contrasted by a salty flourish and juicy acidity that maintains lovely energy. Saline-minerals come forward through the finale, combined with black currants and white pepper, as a light tannic tug on the senses frames this red beautifully.
A vivacious red driven by a vibrant core of acidity and stony minerality, with multilayered cherry, cranberry and bacon fat accents that zip toward fresh, snappy tannins. Grenache. Drink now through 2032. 547 cases made.
Bursting with aromas of potpourri with a dusty, red-fruited essence of wild strawberries, savory herbs and red and black spice, the 2019 Grenache God Only Knows Armada Vineyard is an instant success. Medium-bodied, the palate is fresh with a fine mineral tension that gives way to a firm tannic edge before gliding to a seductive, red cherry skin essence over the lingering, spicy finish. Only 223 cases were produced. I'm always a sucker for this bottling.
Grenache dominates this wine. The rest? God only knows. Subdued aromas of red fruit, potpourri, pepper and dried herb lead to lighter styled floral flavors. It lingers on the finish. It's a more fruit forward offering than most vintages.