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2016 Sparkman Wonderland Grenache

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery; Consignor is original owner

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RATINGS

92Wine Spectator

Polished and elegantly complex, with floral raspberry aromas and supple cherry and smoky spiced cinnamon flavors that take on richness on the finish.

91Wine Enthusiast

The aromas pop, with appealing notes of raspberry, smoked meat, herb, white pepper, potpourri and mountain blueberry. Textured, swoon-worthy blue fruit and savory flavors follow and persist through the lingering finish. It's a thoroughly captivating wine, with a lovely sense of freshness.

90The Wine Advocate

...spicy bouquet of cherries, raspberries and white pepper. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, supple and succulent, with a nice core of sweet fruit and some chewy tannins that assert themselves on the finish.

REGION

United States, Washington, Yakima Valley

Yakima Valley AVA was the first AVA created in Washington State. The valley, a 600,000-acre area in south central Washington, was granted AVA status in 1983. In 1984 Columbia Valley was given AVA status, and Yakima Valley was enclosed within the Columbia Valley AVA. Nevertheless, Yakima Valley remains home to the largest concentration of vineyards and wineries in the state. There are more than 60 wineries and some 16,000 vineyard acres, and nearly 40% of Washington wines are made with Yakima Valley grapes. The most frequently planted grape is Chardonnay, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaking here dates to 1869, when a winemaker from Alsace planted grape vines. Vineyard planting and wine production plodded along slowly until the early 1980s when numerous modern pioneers started making well-reviewed Yakima Valley wines. Some of the state’s newest, most closely watched appellations, including Red Mountain AVA and Horse Heaven Hills AVA, are contained within Yakima Valley.

TYPE

Red Wine, Grenache

One of the most popular red varieties planted, it ripens late and prefers hot dry climates. It probably originated in Spain, where it is still widely grown. Grenache is best known for its use in Southern Rhone wines, including those of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.